Reviews of Get a Grip on Your Grammar


“Is it a dash or a colon here? Should I write first person or third? Is it ‘already’ or ‘all ready’? In this handy manual, grammar guru Kris Spisak offers us her thoughts and tips on the writing questions that dog every writer’s life. You’ll want to keep a copy on your desk.”

-Meg Medina, Author and National Book Award and Kirkus Award Finalist (Burn Baby Burn, Candlewick Press, 2016) and Pura Belpré Award winner (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Candlewick Press, 2014)


Get a Grip on Your Grammar is not only a useful reference. It’s also a fun read, chock-full of telling examples and pop-culture references.”

-Charles Euchner, author of Keep It Short; former lecturer on writing, Yale University; creator and principal of The Elements of Writing

“I know about as much about grammar as I do about kite surfing, but Kris Spisak’s delightful, breezy take has dark powers that give a rookie like me fingers instead of left thumbs, light instead of fog.”

Kevin Smokler, Author of Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies (Rare Bird Books, 2016) and Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School (Prometheus Books, 2013)

“In light of the preponderance of grammatical errors in the twenty-first century, Kris Spisak’s Get a Grip on Your Grammar should be a prerequisite to obtaining a Facebook account, let alone writing a report for school or work.”

-Jason T. Carter, The Writer’s Journey Blog

“I recommend this book to all writers!”

Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

“If you add one book to your home library this spring, make it local author Kris Spisak’s new book, Get A Grip On Your Grammar. Fabulous help for you, your kids, and those upcoming graduates!”

The Little Bookshop, Midlothian, VA

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Reviews of Alright? Not All Right (excerpts of which are included in Get a Grip on Your Grammar)

Alright? Not All Right: 100 Writing Tips for the Curious or Confused“Kris Spisak’s Alright? Not All Right: 100 Writing Tips is an Elements of Style for the Twitter generation: quick bursts of important advice…accessible and engaging.”

-Joshua Watson, Instructor of English, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia

“If you like Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl series, you’ll love Kris Spisak’s gem of a manual. In helpful, palatable bites, Spisak serves up a delicious, gourmet grammar feast, guaranteed to satiate your usage needs.”

-Ricki Schultz, Editor, English Teacher, and Author of Mr. Right Swipe (Grand Central, 2017)

“Kris Spisak’s Alright? Not All Right: 100 Writing Tips offers playful explanations of common writing errors and how to avoid them. These tips explain the most frequent and baffling errors I encounter as a communications manager in precise, and often entertaining, detail. This concise guide delivers insightful advice in an easy-to-understand format perfect for students and professionals alike.”

-Kathryn Hively Lane, Writer and Communications Manager, Southern New Jersey

“As a second grade teacher who is always communicating to parents either on email or in progress report narratives, it is vitality important to be grammatically correct. I am so thrilled to discover this book which will be such a valuable tool and reference from now on. It is well written and simple to understand, with the added surprise of humor in many of the examples. It is a ‘must have’ for any writer.”

-R.C. Potter, Elementary School Teacher, Raleigh, North Carolina

“This easy to use, well-organized tip book is perfect for those of us who, like me, can easily become confused between “similar” words in our everyday language. The points discussed occur frequently when we write, Kris’s (this happens to involve Tip #96) examples are numerous, and the book is easy to read thanks to her good-natured humor.”

-Denis Jay Klein, Author, Richmond, Virginia

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