This is a book for young adolescents (ages 10 to 14). It teaches the skills involved in both story writing and essay writing. As far as stories go, the book explains in detail the concepts of plot, character, and theme, giving many examples of each. As for essays, students will come to understand that an essay is just a story about an idea or an opinion. It involves an argument, or giving the reasons for holding the opinion. When you write an essay, you defend your opinions, and this means you can hold them with a great deal more confidence.