Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen

It is hard to believe that I am two weeks into a new school year. My plan this past summer was to post numerous entries on The Boy Reader and comment on other blogs. Oops, that didn’t happen. I guess I needed a break. I am back with a fun book for reluctant readers that are proficient readers. I really want to focus on that. It seems much is written about reluctant boy readers that struggle and are below level, but not much on reluctant boy readers that read at or above grade level. They seem to be the boys that would rather go to the dentist then read.

Anyhow I received in the mail Gary Paulsen’s new book Masters of Disaster. It is a fun read. Three junior high boys set out to be “famous”. Actually it is Henry that wants the fame and adventures he just drags his friends Riley and Reed along for the ride and in Reed’s case literally and off the roof of the neighbor’s house. The short chapters make it easy for a teacher to read at night during the first weeks of school. This, also, makes it appealing to the reluctant reader. With many of Paulsen’s books the content is better for fourth and above.

Look forward to more posts. I really am back to blogging.

Thanks Random House and Knopf Delacort Dell


Sean Ingvard Ashby said...

Looks like a good one, can't wait to check it out! Looking forward to more like it...

Ms. Yingling said...

This one might have just the perfect balance of goofy for my boys.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

THIS is my son -- reluctant (for the most part) but proficient, so thanks for making that distinction.

He's only in first grade now, but reading well-above that level. I'm hoping that after this year, I might not tag him as "reluctant." I'm doing my part to give him appealing books.

(I am the Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books as well and look forward to serving on the Cybils with you)

Ms. Yingling said...

Congratulations on being on the Cybils' panel! I'll look forward to more reviews from you!