When you were young do you remember reading for fun? I was the biggest bookworm out there. I recall the teacher telling the class if we finished our work in time we could “visit” with each other. I completely ignored that offer because I was anxious to finish The Diary of Anne Frank. I even have a small gold trophy for winning first place in a reading contest held by the school. Yes, I was THAT girl, but I loved every minute of it.
I never noticed any boys in my class reading on their free time, probably because there was no fun in it for them. A recent study conducted by the Young Adult Library Services Association says that the #1 reason boys don’t like to read is that they simply think “it’s boring.” They also “like other activities better” and “can’t get into the stories.” James Patterson, father of a 10-year-old son, has been advocating for years that the best ways to get people excited about reading is to give them books they’re going to love. Now, with the introduction of a brand-new series for readers of all ages, James Patterson offers a vaccine for the “boys don’t like reading” epidemic.
From the Website:
The Dangerous Days of Daniel tells the story of fifteen-year-old alien hunter Daniel X who is on a mission to finish the job that killed his parents – to wipe out the world’s most bloodthirsty aliens on The List.
At the number-one spot, The Prayer is Daniel’s ultimate target. With mind-blowing skills like telepathy and the ability to transform and create, Daniel’s got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
The summary of this book screams Science Fiction Lover, of which I am not. I did, however, read it. The first chapter instantly caught and held my attention. At the young age of three Daniel is left an orphan as his parents are killed by an alien. Each chapter from then on was so intriguing and made me, the non-science fiction lover, want to read more!
As a busy Mom, who rarely has time to read, I couldn’t help but steal a few moments out of the day to read on about Daniel and his fascinating ability to create and hunt the aliens who took his parents away from him on that dreadful night.
Imagine how a younger boy might take to this. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X keeps readers intrigued. With short chapters there is no aggravation that the daunting chapter just never ends! It’s even “up to date” as it talks about iPod’s and Playstation 3’s. With the turn of the page, James Patterson speaks to the young mind of a boy in a way that will make them want to read on and have fun in the process.
Take a look for yourself:
You’re a little intrigued too, right? Head on over to Amazon and check it out. It’s a read both you and your son will love.
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