Saturday, October 29, 2011

Anderson is successful in writing excellent books for boys!,

5.0 out of 5 stars
Anderson is successful in writing excellent books for boys!, October 20, 2011

By K.A. Thomas "KitScatt" (USA) This review is from: When The Lights Go Out (Paperback)

As a 6th grade teacher, I am always on the look out for good books for my boys who are reluctant readers. They went nuts over this one. Exciting, quick-paced, with good lessons - Anderson has written a book that middle school boys will gobble up in a night or two! What's even better is he's written even more books, and now my boys are seeking them out. Parents and teachers, if you have a boy who doesn't enjoy reading, try this book out on him. It might ignite a new passion for the written word!
A great book to honor Vererans Day with
your students.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Just Released on KINDLE!

Joining Lost Island Smugglers, Barney and The Runaway, and Newspaper Caper on KINDLE is now
When the Lights Go Out.

Peyton Aldrich's father is an Army colonel, who specializes in Army intelligence. His work is always top secret, which means he can't even discuss it with his own son. Nevertheless, Peyton idolized his father, who believes that after what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.

Now, Peyton, along with his family, find themselves stationed at a new army base, in the middle of nowhere. After his arrival, Peyton finds two friends, Gill and Dave. Together they decide to train like Rangers, and search for some kind of mission to accomplish on their own. Little did they know that a mission was about to put the boys right in the crosshairs of a dangerous terrorist plot, when a secret weapon would be delivered to the base on its way across the country.

Will the terrorists find out who is trying to expose their evil plan? Will the boys be able to stop them? And what will happen to Peyton's father when the general finds out what the boys did?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Now on KINDLE - Newspaper Caper

Now on KINDLE - Newspaper Caper
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 in the papers they delivered.

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, the three boys stumbled across some suspicious activity. A tow truck begins to hook up an expensive car in someone's driveway along their paper route, but when the tow truck driver sees the boys, he drives off leaving the car behind. Tom reads in the paper the next morning about a string of car thefts around the area. He begins to see a connection between a local car repair shop and the thefts.

The boys' adventures begin as they take matters into their own hands and investigate the car thefts. They befriend an elderly widow whose car was stolen, and encounter vicious guard dogs and the thieves themselves at the chop-shop. But it's Tom who proves to be the one who carries this mystery to its dangerous conclusion. Will his investigating skills be enough to help him solve the crimes?

Also on Kindle, Barney and The Runaway
Mike hated the way his parents were always telling him what to do. Along with his dog, Barney, he decides to teach them a lesson by pretending to run away for a few hours. The plan gets complicated when Mike and Barney hide in a railroad boxcar, fall asleep, and end up in Georgia with a circus in the middle of the night. After his experiences away from home, Mike learns the importance of family, and that you dont appreciate what you have until its gone.

And...Lost Island Smugglers

Sam Cooper had just moved to Harper’s Inlet where he met Tony and Tyler. While Tony’s father was away on a buying trip, the boys took one of the rental sailboats out for a diving adventure. Everything went well until the biggest storm Tony had ever seen blew up from out of nowhere, and the boys found themselves stranded on Lost Island. But, if they thought the worst had happened, they were wrong. The boys discovered a secret hideout that was used by men in high powered speedboats. Sam and his friends knew the men were up to something, only they didn’t know what. They had to find a way to stop them, but how? And, even if they did, the boys could never tell anyone about it. Lost Island Smugglers is a story with danger, excitement, and heart-pounding action.
Author Bill Myers reports, "Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!"
And author Jerry B. Jenkins adds, "Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries."
Young readers report that reading one of Anderson’s action-adventures or mysteries is like being in an exciting or scary movie. His Books for Boys blog often ranks in the top ten in Google searches.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The number of titles is growing for readers 8 - 13

The number of titles is growing for readers 8 - 13. Order your copies today. He / She will thank you later.  Birthday?  Christmas?   Reward?  Gift?

I grew up hating to read and now write adventures & mysteries for readers 8 - 13, especially boys. Six of my books are published and two more are in production at two different publishers.

As you search for good books for boys, and girls, I wanted to make sure you had my information.

Thank you,

Max Elliot Anderson

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Newspaper Caper 193669526X

North Woods Poachers 1936695057

Barney & The Runaway 0984559841

When The Lights Go Out 1936695472

Lost Island Smugglers #1 Sam Cooper Adventure Series 1935600028

Captain Jack’s Treasure #2 Sam Cooper Adventure Series 1935600141

Legend of the White Wolf - Coming February, 2012 1936695690 (Watch for the video soon!)

Terror at Wolf Lake coming soon

River Rampage coming soon

Monday, October 24, 2011

2 More Adventure Books Coming Soon!

Two more adventure books are now in production
for readers 8 - 13.

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

Legend of The White Wolf - February 1, 2012 ISBN # 1936695693

One day, Brian Fisher discovered a white wolf pup caught in a trap and set it free. Since then, Brian was convinced that he and the wolf shared a special bond. Stung by the disbelief of his family and friends, Brian sets out to confirm that his fantastic story is true and ends up getting a lot more than he bargained for. He soon finds himself caught out in a snowstorm and attacked by a mountain lion. When a group of lawless hunters begins killing off the wolf population, Brian is caught right in the middle!

Take an eleven-year-old boy, a mysterious white wolf, a dangerous band of illegal hunters, and all the excitement of the rugged outdoors near Yellowstone National Park. Put it all together in a book and you have an adventure story even the most reluctant of readers will pick up and enjoy.

These books join previously published titles:

Newspaper Caper 193669526X

North Woods Poachers 1936695057
Barney & The Runaway 0984559841
When The Lights Go Out 1936695472
Lost Island Smugglers #1 Sam Cooper Adventure Series 1935600028
Captain Jack’s Treasure #2 Sam Cooper Adventure Series 1935600141

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Has something been stolen from your children & Grandchildren?

When I tell kids that something has been stolen from them, and they don’t even know it, they’re surprised. What’s been stolen? It’s the use of their imagination.
Kids have so many distractions with TV, video games, computers, and all sorts of other electronic devices. There is now a generation Z. Those are the children who have grown up thinking the Internet has always been there.

But here’s the problem. Previous generations went outside to play, invent games, explore, and create they’re own fun. That’s not so true now.
Today, others tell our kids how things should look, sound, smell, taste, and they manipulate through music, graphics, and sound effects. I know because I devoted most of my life to the production of films, video programs, and television commercials.

This month of October marks ten years since I began writing adventures and mysteries for readers 8 – 13. I began this journey because of a concern about what was happening to our kids, and because many were not being motivated to read, especially boys. 

We can do something about this. We’re the adults. Children in the age group of 8 – 13 still listen and respond to what adults tell them. They must learn that connections are made in the brain, while reading, that don’t happen any other way. They need to understand that reading will open a more successful path through their education and in life. But we don’t have to say it like that. All we need to do is make reading fun and attractive to them.


For younger children, we can read to them, or listen while they read. They need to see us reading, too. With older children, it may be more difficult. Here, we have to begin setting limits by controlling the use of electronic devices and the time spent on them. In the case of e-readers, you can use a child’s electronic world to your advantage.

Grandparents: You have a profound influence in the lives of your grandchildren. You probably remember reading the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew when you were growing up. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have books like that today, with clean, moral, ethical content that also taught spiritual concepts but weren’t preachy? That’s exactly what has been written about my books by parents, teachers, and reviewers. They’ve compared my books to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.

Parents: You’re on the front lines of this battle. You know firsthand how hard it is to find something for your children to read that they will find exciting and interesting. You can set the limits between reading and all other activities. Some of those things can be used as rewards for time spent reading. And, in case you’re wondering, boys and girls report that reading one of my books is like being in an exciting or scary movie. And it’s a good scary, not dark or evil. They also appeal to avid as well as reluctant readers. Most parents, who buy one of my books, tend to get all of them. Here are some typical comments from just a few parents.

“We have just discovered your books and are SO glad we did. Our 11 year old son has thoroughly enjoyed his first of your titles "Lost Island Smugglers". Next up is "Newspaper Caper". Getting him to read was difficult and this is the first time he really wanted to read. Thanks for the quality content and exciting plot!”

“I have purchased two titles, Lost Island Smugglers and When the Lights Go Out, and my 10 year old son is doing something he only does with a handful of books. He is carrying the Lost Island Smugglers everywhere he goes. He finished a book from the library and asked if I had another book for him and that's when I told him I had ordered those two for him. He immediately started reading it and was reading it on the way home from church today INSTEAD of playing his DSi.”

“I can't believe it the concerned mother of two struggling readers...who is also the daughter of a children's librarian ... I think I have purchased EVERY book recommended for reluctant readers HOWEVER, they have ALL fallen short UNTIL today. We were able to purchase Newspaper Caper...and we're hooked!!!”

Dads: It’s very important that you become involved in this process, too. Let your kids see that it's cool to read. And you might like to know that lots of parents are also reading these books. For some dads, it's the first time they ever read a book all the way through.

Teachers: You can see to it that my books are available in your library. Some teachers simply get them to add to the bookshelf in their classrooms. My books have shorter sentences, lots of dialog, humor, and heart-pounding action and adventure. You can also use them as part of your regular classroom reading program. Students will want their own copies. I know, because I hear from schools where this is already happening.

Bookstores: If we hope to have adult readers in the future, we have to begin developing them as children. If you already have a good middle grade reader section in your store, add these titles as well. Then make sure to direct parents to them. They’ll thank you for it.

Legend of the White WolfChurches: You can add these books to your bookstore, library, or tutoring programs. Again, this is happening already in churches across the country. Use them as prizes when you have contests or when children reach certain goals.

We’re at a critical point in our culture. It’s vital that we make sure the next generation is a generation of readers. And besides, readers are the leaders others follow.

I grew up hating to read. Because of that I began to write the kinds of books I would have enjoyed as a child. I bring a lifetime of exciting film production onto the pages of my books. I did this to have a positive impact on the lives of children. I hope you’ll do the same by making my books available to as many children around you as possible. And please tell everyone you know about them. The futures of the children in your circle may depend on what you do.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Contract Signed for Hannah & Owen

Contract signed.

My story, Hannah & Owen, will be included in the book Life Lessons from Grandparents: A Trip Down Memory Lane later this year. More details later.

The message sent with the contract reads, "We are pleased to inform you that your story has been chosen for inclusion in Life Lessons from Grandparents: A Trip Down Memory Lane."

This is a picture of Hannah, my grandmother on my mother's side. Together with Owen Jones, they carved out a farm life in the sand hills of Nebraska.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Circus Crooks and Clowns

Because of their discipline, Mike thought his parents didn't love him. So he and Barney PRETENDED to run away…big mistake.

They climbed into an empty boxcar, but Mike was so tired, he and his dog fell asleep. Another train connected with his car, the door slammed shut, and then…

This warm, exciting story will help children understand that discipline from their parents means love. It has a dog, a train, a circus, crooks, clowns, and more.

Pick up a copy, or get the Kindle, today. You’ll be glad you did - and so will your child.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New Middle Grade Magazine Column

October marks the start of a monthly column I write for Christian Fiction Online Magazine. You'll find it in the Middle Grade section.

NEWS - New Children's Fiction Column .

Children’s adventure and mystery author, Max Elliot Anderson, has begun a monthly column in the October issue of Christian Fiction Online Magazine. The column focuses on middle grade readers.
“For as long as I can remember,” Anderson said, “ my life has included the production of dramatic films, video programs, and television commercials. Many of the films were produced to be rented to churches—long before video came along. Of these films, my favorite projects were those intended for younger viewers. We called them our kids films.”

It is out of this rich background experience that many of the books Anderson writes for kids today originates. So the column will recount many of his experiences related to the children’s projects, some of the locations around the world where they were shot, along with children who were involved in the stories. “In addition, I’ll add in my childhood experiences and characters that tend to find their way into the children’s fiction I write today,” Anderson said.

Anderson’s first installment encourages children to use their imagination. Max Elliot Anderson has published over a dozen books for boys. Girls enjoy reading them, too. His most recent titles include Barney and the Runaway, Lost Island Smugglers, When the Lights Go Out, Captain Jack’s Treasure, Legend of the White Wolf, and more. His blog, Books for Boys, often ranks #1 in Internet searches.

"Connections are made in the brain, while reading," Mr. Anderson concluded, "that don't happen any other way. Good reading habits lead to future success in school and in life."

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Fabulous African wildlife art

See fabulous African wildlife art limited editions by Philip Lasz (1933 - 2001) and open editions for Christmas this year.

The 4 pictured below are large 34" x 21"  signed and numbered from a limited edition of just 1,000. Find information about these and more prints at: 

Monday, October 03, 2011

Tell Ten Today

T T T What does that stand for?

Tell Ten Today.

Studies prove that one of the most effective forms of promotion and marketing for a product is one person telling another person about it. And that's what I'm asking you to do today. Could you Tell Ten Today about my adventures & mysteries for kids?

* This can be in a simple email to your family, associates, and circle of friends.

* It can be a post to your blog and / or web site.

* Include it in a newsletter or other article.

* You could post a message to your social media contacts including Twitter, Facebook, and others.

Here's the simple message:

Subject: Tell Ten Today

I'm Telling Ten Today. Find out more at  and then Tell Ten Today.

We have to get our kids away from all their electronics and start them reading.

Would you Tell Ten Today?

Thank you,

Max Elliot Anderson

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Turn That Thing Off!

Fall is a perfect time to start boys on a regular reading program. Since you’re the parent, it’s up to you to give the TV, video games, and other electronic devices a rest. You can use those as incentives after reading goals for your boys have been met.

Here’s a short video to show them. It might be a good discussion starter since fire and a smashing TV will probably get their attention.

Studies prove that future academic success, and success in life, have direct correlations to reading. I grew up hating to read, so my books are designed to reach all readers; boys, girls, adults, avid, and even reluctant readers. Kids report that reading one of these books is like being in an exciting or scary movie…
...good scary, not dark.
Why let others decide for your children how they should think, react, or feel, based on the manipulation of films, TV shows, video games, music, sound effects and other influences?
Reading allows the reader to decide how things should sound, smell, taste, and feel - in their imagination -as they read the pages of an exciting book. And connections are made in the brain while reading, that just don’t happen any other way.

As you begin turning off the electronic gadgets, and it just seems too drastic to do all at once - do I see a tear streaming down a cheek? - you might consider weaning them off with two of my books that are also available on Kindle. Those titles are Barney and the Runaway and Lost Island Smugglers.

Tell them not to yell at you. They can write to me at I've heard all the excuses, and used most of them when I was growing up. The truth is, our boys need to read. Their futures depend on it.

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