Social networking has changed the way young people communicate. Can we keep books in “their” loop?
According to KidSay Market Researchers, Facebook is now the favorite website among tween (8-11) boys and teen (12-15) girls. Over 90% of tween boys and girls play games online. Could a pirate tale be the perfect antidote to the adolescent blank-stare fascination with video games?
“There are a lot of other deep and important themes explored in The Curse of Captain LaFoote,“ says author Eddie Jones. “Things like what the poop deck is and why cruise ships no longer use them, the secrets inside Davy Jones’ locker, and why you shouldn’t walk downwind of a pirate who’s just eaten turtle soup.
“Seriously, my main goal in writing this book was to spur the imagination of young readers. Boys especially.”
According to KidSay Market Researchers, teen and tween online video and virtual gaming increased from 65% in 2007 to 91% in 2010.
“I’m a writer, not a math whiz, so I have no idea what those numbers mean but they sound really scary. So part of my goal is to give boys a compelling story they can fall into. I want to create within them a desire to read and set sail for a life of adventure, wherever that journey may take them. Even now I can see Ricky standing on the sugar-white sands of that island just south of Hispaniola. I am that boy. And so are a lot of other boys and men.”
As part of Caribbean Chronicles Buy A Boy A Book! Campaign we are asking, begging, and cajoling parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles, Oprah and the President of the United States to buy a book and GIVE IT TO A BOY! That’s right. We want you to give a book as a gift.
We’ve test marketed this concept and our research shows most boys, given the choice between reading a book and visiting the dentist, will run away from home. But as a responsible adult you know dental hygiene is key to a happy mouth. Think of The Curse of Captain LaFoote as dental floss for the brain.
Reading is key to learning. Learning increases a young boy’s chances of gaining admission to college, earning a degree, landing a job and pursuing the American Dream.
Please, won’t you Buy A Boy A Book and give him a chance to dream?