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Ghostwriter: Beyond the Page

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kids learn storytelling with fun write-along web series.

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Ghostwriter: Beyond the Page has a much more explicitly educational bent than the original series. This web series will be appreciated by upper elementary teachers introducing narrative writing to their students. Each short episode focuses on one element of writing a story and has multiple examples of the theme. Donna does a great job summarizing the takeaways so kids can remember them. The accompanying story writing guide on the show's website is very well done and will help budding authors get their ideas on the page.

Hannah Levinson (Donna) is just as charming in these webisodes, but overall Beyond the Page doesn't have the same excitement as the series as it's mostly just Donna talking to the camera. There's a bit of a hard sell of the series' book product line, as well as the series itself. The otherwise-excellent accompanying handout has a lot of mentions of Apple products. It's a bit of a bummer to have such explicit product placement in media that's definitely meant to be used for learning in schools. Overall, Beyond the Page is a fun way for kids to learn the basics of storytelling.

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