Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Two New Books For Boys

When my son, Jim, was growing, up, he became interested in any sport that included a ball, a puck, or an athlete. In other words, he was consumed with sports. He's # 25 on the left of this picture. Jim would have loved these books, I’m sure.

I’m happy anytime I find books that will appeal to boys, especially reluctant readers, since that's where my books are focused. Author Fred Bowen is writing just such books, published by Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta, Georgia.

From his website at you can find a lot more background information about this author. He writes, “I'm Fred Bowen. I write sports fiction for kids 8 years old and up, and a weekly sports column for kids in The Washington Post. My two newest books are Touchdown Trouble (August 2009) and Soccer Team Upset (August 2009). And I have three more books coming out next spring. Two more are in the Fred Bowen Sports Story series.”
Here is a brief synopsis from each book, again taken from Mr. Bowen's site.

Touchdown Trouble

The StorySam loves playing for the Cowboys. His teammates always pull together and play to win. Their effort pays off big-time when they beat their arch rival in a hard-fought game. But their celebration doesn’t last long. Sam makes a discovery that threatens their victory and their team spirit. Can Sam keep the Cowboys together or will his discovery destroy the team?

Soccer Team Upset

The StoryIt is just the beginning of the soccer season, but Tyler is pumped. His team is stacked with awesome players and they have a real shot at being league champions. When a couple of the stars consider leaving to play on a travel team, Tyler is furious. Then he finds out that star-power isn’t the only way to win games.

These new books will interest reluctant readers, avid readers, boys and girls. If you have a sports nut in your house, like I did, I’m sure the books will score points big time.

Nice Job, Fred.

My Article On - Help For Struggling, Reluctant Readers

If you'd like to read my article, Help For Struggling, Reluctant Readers, you can find it on Crosswalk dit com at

Max Elliot Anderson

Monday, October 26, 2009

Speaking About Books For Boys

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak to over 100 people who had gathered at the Crystal Lake Evangelical Free Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois. They came there to learn how to better reach out to kids. Each person was connected, in one way or another, to an organization called Awana

I had been invited for two reasons. Our two adult children had been involved in Awana when they were little. But there was something else. An Awana leader at Winnetka Bible Church, in Winnetka, Illinois, had been reading my action-adventure & mystery books, out loud, in his club. Each week he’d read a couple of chapters. This helped to keep the attention of the kids, and it resulted in making sure they arrived on time, so they wouldn’t miss any of the story each week.
After he'd finished reading all of the books to his clubbers, he asked if I had anything more. So I sent him one of my unpublished manuscripts called Whispers In The Graveyard. The story takes place in Chicago.

It was a great day with the people from Awana, and several were interested in knowing more about my books.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Wrestle With The Reluctant Reader

This article captures much of the same journey that I've experienced - minus the music career -as I began writing action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys. In my case, too, girls like these books.

Not long ago, I also reviewed one of the author's books on this blog, "Captain Nobody."

Here's a link to the article:

Max Elliot Anderson

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again

Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again, is the fascinating, true story of a little dolphin that got herself tangled in the ropes of a crab trap. As a result, her tail came off. At first, a fisherman cut the ropes loose, and then Winter was rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

This book is filled with photographs that document Winter's progress as she is fitted with a new tail, and learns to swim again. Now she is helping children and adults, who have also lost limbs. Her story brings a new understanding to the challenges they face, and special relationships are formed.

Winter's Tail is one of several books from Scholastic that tell stories of animals, from all over the world, facing difficulties.

I plan to give this book to my daughter who teaches second grade in a Florida school. Dolphins are some of her favorite animals.

You can also find a web site about Winter at

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Help for The Struggling, Reluctant Reader,

Since it was published earlier this month, my article, Help for The Struggling, Reluctant Reader, has been generating a lot of interest, including requests for reprint rights.

If you’d like to have a copy, just email me at and I’ll be happy to email it to you.

Max Elliot Anderson

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Boy's Review Of A Book For Boys

Okay, I write books for boys. And this blog is dedicated to the subject of books for boys. So you can appreciate how great it is to get comments and reviews for my books from boys.

At the present time, “Terror At Wolf Lake,” is out of print. The publisher has plans to reprint it in the future. But I hope you’ll enjoy this review from Alex Kent.

Thank you Alex!

BOOK REVIEW: Terror At Wolf Lake

Author: Max Elliot Anderson

By: Alex KentSeptember 29, 2009

I was given Max Elliot Anderson’s books personally signed by him to me. My mom told Mr. Anderson that I couldn’t find any interesting boy books to read and she would help market his books if I would read them. I have several of his books that I do enjoy reading because they are about boys like me doing things that I like to do. This book, Terror At Wolf Lake actually happened at Wolf Lake, Michigan.

Eddy Thompson is a kid in the forth grade and he cheats on everything like games, tests, schoolwork, and everything. Eddy’s father decides to take Eddy and his two best friends, Chet and Rusty, and their fathers to a cabin in the woods at Wolf Lake, Michigan, for an ice fishing vacation during their Christmas break.

While there, Eddy and his friends heard and saw some men hide money they had stolen from a bank. Eddy discovered that honesty is the best no matter what. He learned that being honest would be the best in any situation and when he went back to school, he even told his teacher that he had cheated on a test and asked to take it over and do extra work to make up for his dishonesty. This story is about being honest. I enjoyed Terror At Wolf Lake because of the action and mystery. I felt scared when they were scared and felt good when they told the truth. I think boys would like it a lot.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Help For The Reluctant Reader

Ive already received three requests to reprint my article, "Help for The Reluctant Reader."

This article is in the October issue of Knowonder Magazine. The magazine is published in print and in an electronic version. The electronic issue is available at
You can flip through the electronic version of the magazine, to the "For You by You" section. The article starts on page 116 to 118.

Chapter 1, from my tween book, “Legend of The White Wolf,” will be published in their November issue.
We can all agree that reading is the foundation of learning and education. After all, readers are the leaders others follow.

Max Elliot Anderson

Saturday, October 03, 2009

A New Term To Me

This is a new one for me, and I thought you might find it interesting too. They're called "free-Range" kids. VERY interesting.

Max Elliot Anderson

Thursday, October 01, 2009

My article in Knowonder Magazine

There's an article that I wrote for the magazine, Knowonder. This magazine is published in print and in an electronic version. The electronic issue is available at

The article title is "Help for Reluctant Readers.”

Flip through the electronic version of the magazine, to the "For You by You" section. The article starts on page 116 to 118.

Chapter 1, from my tween book, “Legend of The White Wolf,” will be published in their November issue.

Max Elliot Anderson