When I set out to write the Double Vision trilogy, I wasn’t all that knowledgeable on reluctant readers, what books appealed to them, and why. All I wanted to do was write a fun, fast-paced thriller. The kind of book I would like to read if I was still twelve (okay, if we’re honest: the kind of book I still like to read…)
But when I found myself the parent of a very reluctant tween reader, I got serious about understanding what makes kids turn away from books. More importantly: I wanted to figure out how to get those kids to pick up a book again. For fun.
I gathered all that I learned—from studies, books, and from talking to kids—and began giving presentations at school and library conventions. Rather than acting like I know everything (because I don’t), I asked teachers and librarians: what books work best to hook…
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