Sunday, November 3, 2013

Inspiring Teen Boys to Read, King of Bad by Kai Strand, Excerpt & Giveaway

Ten Ways Teen Boys Who Read Are Smarter Than Non-readers

·        Teenage boys who read are more approachable.
·        They are better able to carry on conversations because they’ve read so much dialogue.
·        Being able to discuss plot points and character motivation on a first date often leads to a second date.
·        They experience things they may not get to do in their own school like saving the world, kissing, Yetis and foreign countries.
·        Their vocabulary is advanced so they are naturally more articulate and able to schmooze speak coherently to teachers and other adults.
·        They know the thrill of jumping out of a plane, or speeding down a highway, or piloting a spaceship, without the consequences of broken bones or life in prison.
·        They learn what to take on an extreme mountaineering adventure in order to avoid death.
·        If they are paying real close attention they learn what girls like and don’t like – and they take notes.
·        There is a certain sort of internal quiet to a teenage boy who incorporates reading into their leisure activities opposed to one who only blows up aliens on their Xbox.
·        Teen boys look sexy lounging in a chair clutching a book or ereader in their hand and ignoring the world around them.

I’m not saying that teenage boys who don’t read aren’t smart or sexy. I’m just saying that teen boys who read get there faster.

Anything you’d like to add to the list? Let’s hear from you.

Mini excerpt:

Jeff sat up straight in his chair then slouched back down again. He felt very conflicted hearing that Pyro had been shadowing him for so long and he hadn’t even known it. “What? What did I do?”
“You blew out a match.”
Jeff frowned. “How could blowing fire out prove I have fire in me?”
“It didn’t. You have fire in your hands, just like I do.” Pyro raised her right hand, palm up. Her fingertips were already swollen and throbbing. A spark emitted from each finger and flowed together in the center of her palm. A marble sized ball of fire ebbed and crackled in the middle of her hand. She studied it. “When you learn control, you’ll be able to start fires whenever you want. But what is unique about you, is you will also be able to douse them.”
Pyro held the fireball in front of Jeff. “Blow.”
Jeff shrugged and blew on the fire as if extinguishing birthday candles. A thin frost doused the flame and coated Pyro’s hand. Jeff blinked, thinking he was seeing things. He scraped a finger through the frost on her palm and touched it to his tongue. Cold and wet.
Pyro wiped her hand on her pants leg. “Fire and ice. I can’t even begin to imagine how you do that. But, Jeff, I can tell you no one has ever had opposing elements. Ever.”

About the book:

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

Buy it: Whiskey Creek Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble Add it to Goodreads

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Lori Rutledge said...

Love your books!

Lori Rutledge said...

Love your books!

Catherine Lee said...

HMMM...Where did your research come from? As a librarian, with a YA collection in her community college library, I'm always looking for titles that will appeal to fellas. We have a lot of gals reading and requesting books, but fewer fellas. I think if we can continue to get popular male characters to be shown reading, that would help. That would make it "cool."
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Kai Strand said...

Thank you, Lori! *hearts*

Catherine, research is a strong word for this post. Observation, personal opinion, bribery might be better descriptions. I completely agree though, if we can make it cool, it will help it to catch on.