Friday, May 11, 2007

More Dangerous Books for Boys

More Dangerous Books for Boys

A lot has been written in recent days about The Dangerous Book for Boys. I’m fascinated by all the excitement, and encouraged at the same time.

Some of the aspects being promoted about the book include how to tie various knots, to make paper airplanes, or even to build a sort of go-kart. The book promotes adventure in the lives of boys. This sense of adventure has been a goal of mine as I’ve written action-adventures and mysteries especially for boys 8 – 13. Why do I write books for boys? Because there simply aren’t enough of them. I’m just now working on manuscript # 35. To date, 7 of my books for boys are published.

Here they are:

Tom Stevens was a super salesman. He and his friends delivered newspapers early every morning. Along their route, the boys often saw some pretty strange things. Then one day they actually became the story. Readers will like the humor, attack dogs, car thieves, and the chop shop Tom and the others uncover. This story reminds us of how important friendship is.

Eddy Thompson was known for one thing and one thing only. Eddy was a cheater. He cheated on anything, anytime, anywhere, until something happened up at Wolf Lake. It wasn’t the brutal cold. It wasn’t when he fell through the ice. It wasn’t even when two scary men arrived at their remote cabin. What happened would change Eddy’s life…forever.

The Washburn families have been coming to the same cabins, on the same lake, catching the same fish, for about as long as Andy can remember. And he's sick of it. This summer would be different he decided. Only he never imagined how different. The story is filled with excitement, danger, humor, and drama. In the end, Andy learns the concepts of family tradition, and that it is important to follow the rules. Readers will enjoy the gigantic, jet-powered floatplane, computers, home made radio transmitter, and naturally, no one will ever forget Big Wally. He’s a fish of course.

Scott and his friends had dreamed and prepared for their first wilderness camping adventure. When they become separated from their group in a mountain fog, trouble begins. There was that bear, the decrepit suspension bridge over a bottomless gorge, the sheer cliff in the dark, those terrorists in the remote cabin, the Army, the helicopter ride, and…

Todd and Amanda live with their parents in a Midwestern city. The children are invited to visit their uncle, aunt, and Cousin Drew, on their Wyoming ranch over spring break. Todd learns, in a unique way, why stealing is wrong. A band of high-tech cattle rustlers are caught, revealing that Todd was also wrong about Travis, a shadowy character.
Read about the round up, rattlesnake, and rustlers.

Who are the real heroes in America? Randy and his friends pooled their resources to go cave exploring, discovered the hidden loot from a bank robbery, and learned they weren't heroes at all.

They didn’t call him a liar; they just couldn’t believe his story. Brian Fisher was determined to prove it was true even though it involved the risk to his own safety. His rescue of a wolf pup from a steel trap results in a mysterious relationship with surprising results. The story is set in the lower elevations near Yellowstone

If there is a boy in your family, or in your circle of friends, he needs one of these action-adventures or mysteries.

Max Elliot Anderson

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Dangerous Book for Boys

As I write this post, THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS ranks # 3 on Amazon. This is very encouraging to me, since all of my action-adventures & mysteries are written especially for boys 8 – 13. Still, even girls and adults like them as well.

It is reported of THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS, that this one book may help lift the entire Collins publishing division.

Earlier I have reported on what seems to be a growing awareness that there is a need for good reading material for boys. For far too long, the majority of books for young readers have been slanted toward girls, since they represent the largest numbers of readers. But has this become a self-perpetuating cycle? I think so.

My research has brought me in contact with a number of people who also recognize there is a need in this area. I’ve learned new terms such as the “lace curtain” and the feminization of our culture and education system.

Yesterday I had the privilege to speak to a combined gathering of students from two schools in the Beloit, Janesville, Wisconsin area. When I asked if there was anyone who didn’t like to read, the majority of hands that were raised immediately, were boys.

Clearly it is time for publishers to begin releasing the kinds of books that will hook and hold the interest of boys. My twenty-eight available manuscripts of action-adventures and mysteries would be a good place to start.