Big Cat on the Loose is an exciting, funny short story in 2 parts.
It’s intended for middle grade readers and is the kind of exciting, heart-pounding,
good-scary story they’ll find in my adventure & mystery books.
If you have children in
your family, school, or circle of friends, make sure they get to read Big
Cat on the Loose.
Who are the digital natives? A
digital native is someone who was born during or after the introduction of
digital technologies and who has interacted with digital technology from an
early age. In other words, to a digital native, smart phones, computers, and
other digital devices have always existed in their world. I see this today with
my own granddaughters who are 19 months and 15 months old. Very early in their
lives, they were already reaching for the TV remote, a cell phone, or any other
items that had buttons they could push.
Back in the 1980’s, I produced a
promotional video program for Nylint Toys. The company was about to roll out
several large, metal, toy trucks, called Sound Machines, onto the market. It
was quite a new concept at the time. This video would be the company’s new
product introduction to their retailers across the country. Each truck made
real truck sounds. My son appeared in the video and played with several trucks
as we shot the scenes. I remember how his eyes lit up at the sounds. He was so
excited when he was allowed to keep one of the prototype trucks. Right then I
knew things in the toy business were about to change in a very big way.
Middle grade children today have
never known a time when their toys didn’t light up, make sounds, sing, or talk
to them. Before learning to walk, they had already become familiar with smart
phones and the many apps available just for kids.
Marc Prensky coined the term digital
native in his work "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants" published in
2001. In his article, he applies the term to a new group of students enrolling
in educational establishments. More recently, a description of people who were
"born digital", first appeared in a series of presentations given by
Josh Spear beginning in May 2007.
Not long after, the debate began
among authors, publishers, booksellers, and others concerning the death of
printed books taken over by electronically delivered books. One only has to
look at the magazine business to see that most of the old standards have either
ceased publication, or they’ve gone digital. Many new start-up magazines are
offered in a digital format only.
And a publisher like Barbour who
recently announced Shiloh Run Studios which will publish original direct-to-digital serialized
fiction. Expect to see a lot more publishers doing the same thing.
A recent news story reported, “Bexar
County, Texas has opened a new library that has no books inside. Instead the
library is outfitted with iPad stations and iMacs loaded with digital books
available to check out, making it the first digital library in the country.
The library is called the
BiblioTech. Patrons can check out eBooks, audiobooks, and software training
databases, as well as eReaders. The library also hosts computer classes and
patrons can use laptops, tablets, and desktops at the branch.”
I’m often asked to speak to
elementary students in schools. One of the first times I did this, I remember
telling the students I had grown up at a time when there were no microwave
ovens, no cell phones, computers, or any of the other “necessities” kids depend
on today. When I tell them it seemed like our family must have been the last
one in the world to have a TV, and I had to go to friends’ houses just to watch
one, sighs break out across the room from those digital natives. The sighs are
quickly followed by comments like, “No microwave?” “No video games?” “I
couldn’t live without a TV,” “I’d die,” or “How awful.”
participating in a new serialized story concept with a publisher and will be
creating serialized stories for middle grade readers. Each story will have a
number of segments, most segments end with a cliffhanger, then the story will
finally reach its exciting conclusion. Next, the same characters find
themselves in a new adventure or mystery. The title for this series is, “The
Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and his friends, Riley and Jordan.” And my
first mystery is, “The Cat Burglars.” Here’s a sneak peek http://maxelliotandersonaccidentaladventures.blogspot.com
research concludes that readers, adult and children, want their reading
material in shorter versions, especially if it’s to be read on an electronic
device. Articles ask the question, “Are Smaller, Shorter Books More Appealing
to Time-crunched Readers?” The answer from several sources seems to be yes.
Even my printed books are shorter than most. The reason for this is I believe
it gives young readers a sense of accomplishment when they reach “The End” on
the final page. I’m not asking them to commit more time than necessary in order
to enjoy reading. And with this new concept of delivering each new chapter, by
subscription, for reading on digital devices, middle grade readers will have
new options for their reading time.
I’s never been more important to
get kids reading, no matter where they choose to find their information. And
exciting stories, with cliffhanger chapter endings, delivered to their smart
phones and other devices, are a great place to start attracting the digital
natives all around us.
Bio for Max Elliot Anderson
Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a struggling reader.After surveying the market, he sensed the
need for action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 – 13, especially boys.
Using his extensive experience in the production of dramatic
motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, Mr. Anderson brings that
same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to his stories. Most books
have different characters, setting, and plot.
Ten books are published, ten more are under contract, with several
additional manuscripts completed. Young readers have reported that reading one
of his books is like actually being in an exciting movie.
Sam Cooper had just moved to Harper's Inlet when he met Tony. Tony's father owned a marina. Sam, Tony, and Tyler took scuba lessons together. After they completed the course, the boys decided to try out their new skills in the real world...the ocean. The only problem was, no one had permission. 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!
CAPTAIN JACK’S TREASURE
Book #2 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series
Sam Cooper lives right near the ocean, on the Treasure Coast of Florida. All he's heard about since he moved here are the fabulous treasures that have been found, and those still waiting to be discovered. Sam, Tony, and Tyler are convinced that they will be the ones to dig up the next great find. They meet a crusty sea captain named Jack who's fixing up an impossible looking old tub. What is Captain Jack's mysterious secret? And what is he really planning to do with that boat?
Book #3 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series
Sam Cooper and his friends have the chance of a lifetime to go rafting down the mighty Colorado River. The rains have been heavy this season, turning the raging river even more treacherous. The boys’ become separated from the main group, their rubber raft is going flat, and now they’re on their own. They have their hands full with a crusty prospector, his gold mine, a gang of outlaw bikers, and a desperate river escape on their makeshift wooden raft.
Think that’s the worst that could happen? Well, it isn’t.
Comfort Publishing Adventure Series
WHEN THE LIGHTS
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. 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.
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 don’t appreciate what you have until its gone.
THE WHITE WOLF
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 prove that his fantastic story is true. He soon finds himself lost 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! 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.
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 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, 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. tow truckTERROR AT
Eddy Thompson's hero is John Dillinger, one of the most dangerous bank robbers in American history. So it's no surprise that Eddy cheats on anything, anytime, anywhere. With school out for Christmas, Eddy's father invites Chet, Rusty, and their fathers to drive up to a cabin he owns on Wolf Lake, Michigan, for ice fishing, tobogganing, and winter fun. But something happens there that will change Eddy's life. One day, two real bank robbers toss their stolen cash over the fence at Eddy's cabin in hopes to come back for it later, as police sirens race toward them. Of course, Eddy wants to keep it, and that's when their troubles really begin. With so much danger closing in and with the help of his friends, Eddy realizes how wrong it is to cheat. But the terror doesn't end there and follows them all the way back home.
NORTH WOODS POACHERS
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, 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.
Billy lived in a pitiful place in the city with his mother and younger sister, Becky. Finally, his mother could no longer take care of the children. One fateful day, a judge ordered that they had to be removed from the house. The children thought that would be okay until they learned that they wouldn’t be going to the same place together. Billy found himself on a remote farm with an aunt and uncle who never had children. He withdrew and didn’t speak at all for a long time. As his uncle gave him a tour of the farm, Billy was startled when he first saw the scarecrow. He wasn’t certain at first, but he was pretty sure the scarecrow whispered something to him. Later, in his mind, he and the scarecrow became best friends, and did everything together. This concerned Billy’s uncle who, in time, showed him he could have a friend who would stick closer than a brother.
"Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries."Jerry B. Jenkins, Author "Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!"Bill Myers - Author 60 pages of reviews
These exciting books are compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Lemony Snicket, Jack London, and others. They can be ordered from any bookstore, are available at Amazon and Banres and Noble & others online, and are available as ebooks.
Using his extensive experience in dramatic film, video, and TV commercial production, Max Elliot Anderson brings that same heart-pounding, visual excitement to his middle grade adventures & mysteries for readers 8 and up