Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Certainly I began this blog with the intent of introducing as many people as possible to books I’ve written especially for boys. However, I am also committed to providing as much information about books for boys as possible. And there’s a reason for this that is very important to me,

I grew up hating to read. This, I’m sure, resulted in my giving up on school at a very early age. It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I became serious about my education. After being drafted into the army, I returned home and took advantage of the G I Bill. Four years later, I graduated from college with a degree in psychology.

But…I often wonder what other avenues might have been open to me in my life, had I developed an early love of reading.

I have a passion to help members of the next generation to find the keys that will unlock that love for themselves. Part of that desire has resulted in the completion of 35 manuscripts. Still, I’m just one person. So you will also find information on this blog about others who are trying to have a similar impact.

One such person is Robert Gould of BIG GUY BOOKS. Robert and I, in our own separate ways, are particularly interested in helping boys to enjoy reading. Let’s face it; boys are different from girls in every possible way. I believe this is part of God’s perfect design. It’s time we understand that this difference is a good thing, and not bad.

If we accept that boys and girls are different, then it must follow that their interests are different…and they are. My books address this different interest for boys with action-adventures and mysteries written with boys in mind first. Not as a form of discrimination, but because there is already so much material available for girls. Fortunately for me, girls love my books too.

I hope you’ll take a look at an organization that helps us sort out some of these issues in education. It’s called The Boys Project, and you can learn more about them at http://www.boysproject.net/ One of their stated goals is to help boys become successful men.

But you must check out BIG GUY BOOKS. You can read about this innovative company at http://www.bigguybooks.com/ Their books are special because of the stunning photography and graphics that make the reader feel more like he is looking at promotional materials for an important motion picture, and not simply reading a book. In no time, the reader is sucked into the story. Reluctant readers will forget that reluctance as they are transformed into another world and time.

I urge you to see that these books find their way into your home, libraries, and classrooms. Both boys and girls will benefit if you do.

Max Elliot Anderson

http://www.maxbooks.9k.com
NEWSPAPER CAPER, TERROR AT WOLF LAKE, NORTH WOODS POACHERS, MOUNTAIN CABIN MYSTERY, BIG RIG RUSTLERS, SECRET OF ABBOTT'S CAVE & LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF, are compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.
50 pages of Reviews http://www.maxbookreviews.blogspot.com

2 comments:

Desirée Lee said...

The most rewarding job I've ever had was working in a school as a literacy tutor for children who were having trouble with reading. IMHO, anything that helps get kids reading is wonderful!

I agree with you that boys are much different than girls even in the aspect of reading. I noticed a definite difference in the choices the boys would make vs the choices the girls would make when I let them pick the books out to read.

The books in these links seem to be a bit advanced for my nephew at his current reading level, but given time these are definitely books I would consider giving to him.

Thank you for the information about these!

Carpe Noctem,
Des

FrecklesandDeb said...

Thanks for sharing these resources, Max. I wasn't aware of either of them.
Deb