Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents

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Adventure

Introduction
Adventure stories have always been favorites of boys; the more thrilling and daring the plot, the better. Climbing mountains, battling snakes and alligators, rafting the white rapids, and swimming in shark-infested waters create page-turning excitement for boys. These stories usually have strong main characters who are fearless, brave, and always heroic. They are aggressive and can survive the most incredible circumstances.
Discussion Questions
What makes this book exciting?
Can you imagine yourself having similar adventures?
Could this story actually happen?
Do you know anyone who is like the main character?
If you were the main character, would you have done anything differently?

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Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • What Does the Research Say? xi
  • Strategies for Change xvii
  • 1: Humor 1
  • 2: Adventure 9
  • 3: Information/Nonfiction 17
  • 4: Fantasy/Science Fiction 25
  • 5: Horror/Mystery 35
  • 6: Sports 43
  • 7: War 53
  • 8: Biography 63
  • 9: History 71
  • 10: Graphic Novels 81
  • 11: Realistic Fiction 87
  • Appendix A - Author Information Just for Boys 97
  • Appendix B - Magazine Information 121
  • Works Cited 135
  • Resources 137
  • Author Index 139
  • Title Index 149
  • About the Authors 165
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