I need help, and it has to come from the entire writing community: authors, agents, editors, publishers. I need a middle grade book that will hold the interest of an 8 year old boy. Is there anyone who can help me??
My son came home yesterday with his first book report assignment EVER. The book has to be 100 pages. I read the assignment, like a good mother, and suggested we take a book walk through our library to find him a book that he could read over the next month.
We traveled down to the basement (only after his hot turkey sandwich was finished--he couldn't let it get cold) and pulled out a Magic Tree House book; only eighty some-odd pages. None of the Jack and Annie books that we have are any longer. Then I started searching through the kids' section and they were all "girl" books.
He's not a strong reader and this is going to be the challenge of third grade. But I need books for him, now! The boy easy chapter book section is very small. Junnie B Jones doesn't have many male counterparts. And the ones that he is capable of reading are so insulting to his intelligence (in other words "They are baby books, mom!").
So that is my rant for the day. Please write easy chapter books for boys (and if they are over 100 pages, so much the better). By the time they are published, he will hopefully have moved on to Faeblehaven and such, but he can't be the only boy who genuinely wants to read, but can't find anything of interest in his skill level. The need is there, what can we do to meet it?