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The Blue Star

by Tony Earley

The Blue Star
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2008, 304 pages
    Aug 2009, 320 pages

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Back in the early '90s I owned a bookstore and often heard parents bemoan the lack of good books for young boys. Had Mr. Earley's books been in print at the time, I would have been hand-selling them like hotcakes to adults and teens, both boys and girls. Now, almost two decades later, I'm going to be sure my grandchildren read Mr Earley's books.

Teenage Boys and Reading: Did you know?

In 2005, The Washington Post published an article titled "Why Johnny Won't Read" that explored a worrisome trend:

"From 1992 to 2002, the gender gap in reading by young adults widened considerably. In overall book reading, young women slipped from 63 percent to 59 percent, while young men plummeted from 55 percent to 43 percent."

The figures quoted come from a survey conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts, "Reading at Risk: a Survey of Literary reading in America".

The study further states:

"At the middle school level, the kind of quality literature that ...

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