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

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Fantasy/Science Fiction

Introduction
Space travel, aliens, and life on other planets all have special meaning for most boys. They can imagine themselves time warping into other galaxies and brandishing laser weapons to triumph over horrible-looking aliens. They can picture life on Mars and exploring barren landscapes in zero gravity. They certainly have been exposed to enough imagery of what all this might be like through movies and video games. Having all this come to life in their imaginations through the pages of a great science fiction novel would allow a boy's courageous spirit to reach new levels. Boys enjoy reading stories like the Redwall series about animals that talk and lead creative lives and whole civilizations of people who live under the subway system in big cities. Sometimes fantasy stories are about time travel and going back or ahead in time and trying to adjust to different ways of life.
Discussion Questions
Could this story actually happen?
What makes this book a fantasy?
If there are illustrations, do they add to the story?
Would this book make a good movie?

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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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