Friday, November 28, 2008

There's Still Time To Get Signed Copies Of My Books For Boys, For Christmas

This is a final reminder in 2009 for you to order signed copies of my books for Christmas…but you’d better hurry.

SPECIAL PRICE: From now until Christmas 2009, my books are available for $10.00 each.

I’LL PAY SHIPPING: From now until Christmas 2009, I’ll pay the shipping costs.

Here are the titles I have available. Make sure to send me the name that each book is to be autographed for, along with your mailing address, and your check.
Mail to:

Max Elliot Anderson
P O Box 4126
Rockford, IL 61110

Do it today!

Action-Adventures & Mysteries by Max Elliot AndersonBooks that children love to read, especially boys. All books are rated by Accelerated Reader. Send your child on an exciting journey at this limited offer price.

NEWSPAPER CAPER $10.00 0-9729256-4-3Tom 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. It also teaches God isn't just for emergencies. He wants to guide our lives every day.

NORTH WOODS POACHERS $10.00 0-9729256-8-6The 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, that God loves justice while He hates injustice, and 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.

MOUNTAIN CABIN MYSTERY $10.00 0-9729256-3-5Scott 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…This story reminds us what happens if one of God's lambs is lost.

BIG-RIG RUSTLERS $10.00 0-9752880-1-6Todd and Amanda live with their parents in a Midwestern city. The family doesn’t go to church. 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. He decides to choose a new path for his life because of his uncle’s Christian example. 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.

SECRET OF ABBOTT'S CAVE $10.00 0-9752880-0-8A detective, a police scanner, and a cave offered possibilities for danger and excitement. 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.

LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF $10.00 0-9752880-3-2They 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

Over 50 Pages of Reviews

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Maybe Next Year

It wasn't the best year for the # 24 this season, but at least he was in the chase.
My son and I make the annual trek to Daytona, each February, for the start of the NASCAR season. Already have our tickets for February, 2009.

I’ve been following Jeff Gordon since his rookie season in the sport. My son is a lawyer in Chicago, and he cheers for Earnhardt Jr.

Do you have a favorite driver? Leave a comment if you do.

Max Elliot Anderson

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Great Books For Boys Ad I Agree With

That's an ad I agree with.
This ad, and its web site, were inspired by James Patterson, because his son didn't like to read. I encourage you to check out his site.
After a recent Christmas, I received the following email.
“I gave my son (11) a couple of your books for Christmas. He is definitely a reluctant reader...I have to be on his case constantly to get him to read. When he opened the package I could tell he was not too thrilled with getting books until he saw that you wrote them. "
"Oh, these are THAT guy's books...thanks, Mom!"
"Later in the day I mentioned to him that I expected him to read the books."
He said "You don't have to tell me that, Mom...I want to read them!"
"As a Mom who is almost never without a book in her hand, it really warmed my heart to see him excited about reading!
Thanks, Max! And please, keep them coming!”
So, I hope you'll consider giving some of my books to the children in your life this Christmas too.
Max Elliot Anderson
See the above web site at

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Books for Boys Who Are Reluctant Readers

I grew up as a reluctant reader. And this was in the home where my father who authored over 70 books. There may be a reluctant reader in your family or circle of friends.

At the end of 2001, I decided to do some research into why I hadn’t liked reading, and I found some startling patterns. So I began writing the kinds of books I WOULD have enjoyed as a child.

My books have larger print. I use shorter sentences, with lots of dialog, humor, and heart-pounding action and adventure. Readers won’t find big blocks of words, or endless descriptions.

Maybe these books will be the answer you’re looking for because I believe that a reluctant reader is simply a person who hasn’t found the right book yet.

If you try one or more of these books for Christmas this year, things might be different at your house with your reluctant reader.

Available on Amazon, and all are ranked by Accelerated Reader.

Max Elliot Anderson

PS. Signed books can be ordered directly from me, just email for details.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Featured in Homeschooling Today Magazine

I received confirmation that my author interview appears in the current issue of Homeschooling Today Magazine. The November/December 2008 issue has arrived in mailboxes, at local Christian bookstores, and Barnes & Noble.

The interview was conducted by Marilyn Rockett. Marilyn is well respected in homeschooling circles, and is the author of the popular book, Homeschooling at the Speed of Life.

Homeschooling Today Magazine has a readership of 80,000.

I write action-adventures & mysteries especially for boys, that girls love to read too.

Max Elliot Anderson

50 Pages of Reviews

Author web page

Thursday, November 06, 2008

James Patterson’s Son Doesn’t Like to Read

James Patterson’s Son Doesn’t Like to Read

It’s true, his son Jack said in the November 10 issue of People Magazine. “With lots of books for kids, their parents want them to read. But it’s not something the kid wants to read.”

This caught my attention because I grew up hating to read too. My father also was the author of over 70 books, and I never read any of them. Today, I’m writing action-adventures and mysteries that I would have liked as a child.

James Patterson is now also writing books for younger readers, after having a reluctant boy reader, right under his own roof. He has recently established a new web site called Readkiddoread ( ). I’m very encouraged by this as well.

I began writing books for tween boys at the end of 2001. It has been a slow process in finding publishers who understand the critical need for books for boys…books they would actually like to read.

My files are crammed with letters and emails from teachers, parents, librarians, and kids, all telling me how my books have attracted young readers. Both boys and girls love these books.

With an additional 28 completed manuscripts available, I like to say two things:

1. A reluctant reader is simply someone who hasn’t found the right book yet.

2. I continue searching for the right person, in the right publishing house, at the right time, who fully understands the growing market opportunity of books for boys, and recognizes my books as one of the tools that will help meet this growing need.

Max Elliot Anderson

James Patterson’s site –

50 Pages of Reviews

Author web page