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17 August 2006 @ 03:34 pm
Orca, a whale of a deal  
Linda Benson, review editor for VOYA, sent me two new Orca books for review this month. One is an Orca Soundings, the other a Currents. Both of these series are huge hits with reluctant readers for several reasons. First, they are short. Add to that a fast-paced plot and short chapters and you have a winner with kids who do not like to read. The plots generally twist a bit from beginning to end which serves to surprise readers without much book experience. PIGBOY is a dandy tale of a field trip where the class ends up in the hands of an escaped convict. TELL relates the story of David's suspected complicity in the murder of his stepfather. Covers are simple and also serve to attract readers to the books. I love them because I can read one in about 20 minutes (they are all about 100 pages long). I would love to know if avid readers like these books. My gut says they will reject them unless they need to do a book report quickly. However, maybe I am overestimating kids?





 
 
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(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
agreed...
I just got some Orca titles in my library this year. While they aren't literary masterpieces, they are great for the reluctant readers. Now I know when I have a Special Ed class in there, I can give them those and I know they can read them. Some of the better readers reject them and want something with more substance, but for some of them, it is just what they need.

I have to say, though, that the cover for PigBoy isn't doing it any favors. The other cover looks great, but Pigboy? Looks very juvenile. Reluctant readers really don't want to read a book the looks like it is for younger readers.
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Forgot to post my name and info with my comment. Oops.

Sharon
http://librarygoddess.blogspot.com