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"Ford, an award-winning library media specialist and speaker, surveys exciting books that will capture the imaginations of boys in grades 3–12, covering nonfiction, graphic novels, mystery and adventure, sports, sci-fi and fantasy, humor, history, books that were made into movies, read aloud titles, and classic works. Each genre chapter includes entries with bibliographic information and brief synopses, teaching tips, and related web connections for authors, organizations, characters, books, museums, and clubs. Some of the suggested titles are not what librarians and teachers would usually consider 'great literature,' but are guaranteed to get boys to read."
Reference & Research Book News
"After citing national studies that examine test scores, reading levels, and drop-out rates, Ford gets right to the point: to encourage readers we must provide them with books they will enjoy and plenty of choices. By doing this, and by acknowledging different learning styles, teachers and librarians can play a part in creating successful educational experiences for students. But that's not all. . . . Her superb recommendations include a variety of titles and formats. For each book included, interest and reading levels are noted, which will aid those looking for material for students reading both below and above the grade standard. Brief annotations provide plot descriptions and highlight the appeal of a particular book, and throughout Scary, Gross, and Entertaining Web sites, teaching tips, and bits of information about authors and titles to share with a class are offered in shaded boxes. The author encourages educators to try some 'non- traditional' activities to get books into the hands of reluctant readers. Her numerous suggestions range from playing '20 Questions' to planning a special event.
"Despite the fact that the most recent titles listed are 2008 publications, this book can be used for inspiration and as a collection development tool. (If you can't get a handle on your students' changing tastes, poll your class with Ford's 'Reading Interest Survey.')"
School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections
"Although the title suggests that these books will be of primary interest to boys, teachers and librarians looking for appealing, quality titles for any reader will find a wealth of suggestions here."
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