Monthly Archives: July 2019

Rebel books for rebel readers

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Hi there, passing web traveller,

You have reached the eye candy of Sean Yeager Adventures. Exciting books written for children with a mind of their own. If you are a parent, you really should treat a child in your life to a Sean Yeager book. Why? Because these books ask questions of the reader and encourage 8 to 14 year olds to figure things out for themselves. You see, modern publishers often iron out books into – three act plots, plot armor, dumbed down themes, and feed our children the current ‘right-on’ adult tropes. I don’t believe in blanding out. I believe in taking them on a rollercoaster ride to places they want to explore. (In an age appropriate and wholesome way, of course). A world full of gizmos, action, science, history, twists and surprises. Modern stories for modern times. Heroes and villains who don’t explain their every move. Characters who know who they are – there is no hint of cross-dressing, gender fluidity, or tokenism here. A world where mistakes are made and things go wrong. Adventures where children strive to do their best with help from their friends and adults. These are rebel books for rebel readers. And the feedback from the real audience of 8 to 14 year olds has been incredibly positive. They enjoy the craziness and surprises. They relish the mysteries and clues. They want to read these books.

How did I achieve this? Simple. By working with children and listening to what they want to read about. By including characters, twists, subjects, and surprises that work for them. By ignoring recent trends and writing books for youngsters based on their actual interests. And above all, by writing exciting plots which are unpredictable, every bit as good as a movie or video game, and written to professional standards.

The youngsters in your life will get it. Will you treat them?

introduce them to the world of Sean Yeager Adventures and feed their imaginations,

D.M. Jarrett

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Reading challenging books quickly, helps weaker readers to catch up – it’s official

Hi,

From time to time I have debates with people who defend easy read books as being fun and a great introduction to reading. And for younger readers (5 to 7) I tend to agree with them. However, what next? What is the best approach to natually coax along young reading skills and maintain their interest in reading while they learn?

I chanced upon a very interesting article in the TES (Times Education Supplement). It reports on a study looking at adolescent readers and their reading progress. The study’s conclusions are interesting – reading challenging books quickly (within 12 weeks) helps weaker readers to catch up. The study also dispels the myth that ‘poorer readers need simpler texts’ and supports the idea of letting the reader crack on with the reading. It seems so obvious doesn’t it?

The challenging books referred to in the study were: The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, Once by Morris Gleitzman, and Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams.

Here is the link so you can read directly what is reported about the study:

TES article about a reading study

As you may already suspect, I fully support an ‘aim for the stars’ ethos as opposed to ‘pigeon-holing’  or ‘dumbing down’. There are so many great books out there waiting for enthusiastic young readers. To the above list we could easily add Tolkien, Pullman, Morpurgo, Blackman and so many others. I recommend friendly chats with librarians and second-hand book staff to discover great books. At first, there may be a little resistance along the lines of ‘it’s boring’ and ‘I don’t want to read that.’ However, with the right themes, books, and writers, this can quickly turn into ‘light touch-paper and let them get on with it’. Which I believe this study confirms.

Happy reading.

D.M. Jarrett