Monday, December 29, 2008

A Legacy of Books for Boys

I should have known it.

Even though I grew up as a reluctant reader, my father was the author of over 70 books. Early in his writing career, he also wrote books for boys. Yet I never would have expected that I might start writing action-adventures & mysteries especially for tween boys.

In this picture, you can see two of his early titles. Winky solves a Mystery was published in 1948 by Zondervan, and Winky and the Ghost Lion was published in 1950. My father became my biggest supporter when I began writing in 2001. On the 23rd of this month, he would have been 91, and I really miss him. You can still buy some of the old copies of his books here:

I guess it takes a reluctant reader to understand one. That’s probably why my books are connecting with young readers, as reported by parents, librarians, teachers, grandparents, and the readers themselves. What interests me is that avid boy readers, girls, and even adults like the books I write today.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Max Elliot Anderson

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Truth About Boys (and Girls) and What To Do About It

As an author of action adventures & mysteries, written especially for boys, I'm always interested in finding articles where people, "get it." By that I mean that there is a very good reason why I write books for boys the way I do.

Boys are different. And when it comes to the material they like to read, they are really different.

I hope you enjoy this article, "The Truth About Boys (and Girls) and What To Do About It." After you read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Max Elliot Anderson

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Message in A Bottle

You might remember that I sent a message in a bottle last May. Here's a picture of that bottle. It was launched into the Rock River near my home in Rockford, Illinois. This was also the summer of some of the worst flooding on record. The finder will be given a free set of all of my books.

My bottle should have traveled along the Rock River, potentially reaching the Mississippi. However, no one has contacted me about finding it yet.
I have something a little different planned for this spring, but I thought you would enjoy reading about another message in a bottle that did make it into the hands of someone, 800 miles from where it was launched.

Who knows, my bottle might still be found one day.

Max Elliot Anderson

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Talking About Books for Boys

One of the joys of writing books for boys, is the opportunity to speak, about writing, to students in elementary schools. Not long ago, I was invited to speak to a 4th grade class at Immanuel Lutheran School in Belvidere, Illinois. They sent me a letter, signed by all of the students, and this picture.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Boys Behavior & Books for Boys

I’d like to introduce you to Boys Behavior . This site is run by Troy Parish, and you can find many useful articles and resources for boys here.

Troy also has a recommended reading list of books for boys at and I’m pleased to see that some of my action-adventures and mysteries are listed there along with many other books.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Books For Boys Make Great Gifts For Christmas!


Max Elliot Anderson
& Mysteries especially
for tween boys,
that girls love reading too!
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