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Tips, ideas and strategies to inspire more boys to read.
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Ask Lorna: thrillers to satisfy teenage boys - Telegraph

Ask Lorna: thrillers to satisfy teenage boys - Telegraph | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"As a schoolteacher friend told me this week, no matter how much you might try to promote stand-alone books, it’s the series novels that really inspire devotion, whether Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider, Joe Craig’s genetically modified assassin Jimmy Coates or Michael Grant’s Gone, the latest craze, set in a world in which the adults have mysteriously vanished – surely the ultimate teenage fantasy."

Heather Stapleton's insight:

Series books are very popular with boys and often continue to be when they are adults, eg recent post in The Gadsden Times - "David Murdock: Reading series books a pleasure, fiction or non-fiction."  http://bit.ly/VlFkiR

Lorna Bradbury also recommends recent solo thrillers.

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YA Fiction: Too Many Girls?

"It’s common to hear that the reason boys don’t read is because they don’t want to read “girl books”, and that there is a tilt in publishing, writing, and marketing toward books for girls and by women. In fact, there is a book published by the American Library Association called Connecting Boys with Books (a second edition was published in 2009) which makes the argument that boys are drawn to “boys’ books” and specific genres, and that libraries need to make special efforts to meet those needs in order to close the literacy gap. Ana at Lady Business has written a very interesting (and very long) post called Gender Balance in YA Fiction. What’s great about this is that, while it isn’t comprehensive, it’s grounded in solid data, and provides a list of further reading at the end."

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