Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Books for Boys Must be Relevant 9/11

If we expect our boys to enjoy reading, then the books written for them should be relevant to their interests.

Today is the observance of the events from 9/11. In the reports I heard this morning, there were numerous references to sleeper cells. A sleeper cell is a terrorist group, in our own country, that is waiting for the right opportunity to inflict further damage.

My book, Mountain Cabin Mystery, begins innocently enough. Scott and his friends have taken a survival course in order to qualify to go on a mountain hike with guides and others. It doesn’t take long before the boys become separated from the rest of the group in a mountain fog. That is when the real excitement and adventure really begin.

The boys encounter several hair-raising incidents until they stumble upon what they think is a deserted mountain cabin. The only problem is, they also see smoke coming from the chimney. Before they know what’s happening, they become swept up in a terrorist sleeper cell that is just about to mount an attack on the city of Denver.

You’ll have to read Mountain Cabin Mystery in order to find out what happens, but here are just a few excerpts from reviews for this book.

This summertime trip into the mountains to learn outdoor survival skills is only the backdrop to a rollicking adventure that climbs up your spine and hangs by its fingertips from the cliff of your skull. Thomas Fortenberry – MIDWEST Book Review

How refreshing it is to find a mystery story written for 8 - 12 year olds that is relevant to modern times and yet retains an old-fashioned flavor. My eight-year-old read it through twice in one day, and I must admit I found it held my own attention and even elicited several chuckles along the way - Reviewed By: Jean Hall - Eclectic Homeschool Online

The dialog crackles with wit and smart repartees and the emphasis is on action. The reader is apt to read the entire book at one setting as the mystery unfolds. Even reluctant readers won’t be able to put this book down - Ram Subramanian for Curled up with a good kid's book

Max Elliot Anderson’s books are destined to become classics along with such greats as Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Anderson is a talented writer; his books should be available in every local and middle school library. I am privileged to be on this author’s list of reviewers and look forward eagerly to his next adventure - Beverly J Scott

You can read the full length reviews for this and my other books at http://www.maxbookreviews.blogspot.com

Author web site http://www.maxbooks.9k.com

Now, from an author who hated to read...comes books kids hate to put down.

1 comment:

Becky K. said...

It was nice, (and humbling), to have you visit my new blog. As I sort through the ideas and see what clicks with people it was so nice to have you stop by. I will definitely be checking into your books. I totally agree that relevance would help my one son be more excited about reading.