These books are Shaughnessy says ” designed to lure the readers in and get them involved in the characters and the story. … The chapters are short- very readable, and action packed. There is age appropriate vocabulary, AND the chapters, characters and conclusions are all interesting. Pretty soon, the kids will be devouring the chapters, eager to find out what lies behind, well, not necessarily door number one, but what lies around the corner of each chapter.”
…Well, I’d just like to say that all of these plus alpha (Japanese expression) or X-factor points are also true of another series that I, (based on my middle-school-going son’s raves) am recommending for the same sort of page-turning-adrenaline-rush-hungry readers: just out on December 13 (2010) is James Patterson’s “The Gift” – which is Book 2 on the heels of The Witch & Wizard released a year ago.
The second book deals with the roller-coaster riding existence of the two central characters of the book Whit and Wisty (now 18 and 17 respectively) who are resistance fighters in a dystopian world, fighting the dictator called “The One Who is the One” who hunted them down in Book 1 in literally the witchhunt.
If it’s beginning to sound cliched or formulaic to you after Harry Potter and the more high-brow “The Hunger Games “(reviewed for you earlier here), well, maybe it is, but children don’t really mind formulaic novels so long as you give them a rollicking read (in fact, most of them crave it), which is something bestselling novelist James Patterson already has a reputation for doing.
While “The Hunger Games” was a more sophisticated series with greater depth and therefore more suited to slightly older and thinking teen-set, but The W&W will be definitely be the “hook” for your reluctant reader.