Social networking has changed the way boys read and learn. Can we keep books in “their” loop?
I write for boys. Not saying girls shouldn’t read or that girls and moms don’t enjoy pirate stories. But my mission is to give boys a compelling story they can fall into. I want to create a desire to read and set sail for a life of adventure — wherever that journey may take them.
“Girls score higher than boys on tests of reading ability. They have for a long time. One of the solutions put forth for improving boys’ reading scores is to make an effort to boost their enjoyment of reading.” ~ REPORT – Girls, boys, and reading
That’s why I write for boys. I plant seeds of “what if?”I paint pictures of things that are not. I make up stuff that I think boys will enjoy. Even now I can see my main character, Ricky, standing on the sugar-white sands of that island just south of Hispaniola. I am that boy. I am that reader.
I can’t promise the Caribbean Chronicle series will change a life or turn a reluctant reader into a bookworm, but neuroscientists have discovered that reading a novel can improve brain function on a variety of levels. If you have a son, grandson, or nephew – if you know a boy who’s a reluctant reader, why not give them a copy of Dead Calm, Bone Dry? $9.95 is a small wager for the chance to change a future.