Yes, Reading Can Appeal To Boys

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“Resurrection of Liberty” by author Michael L. Wentz does something that most modern books do not—it appeals to boys.

Now ranked 18th in the world, the United States is no longer number one with regard to academic achievement, and one of the major factors is that boys simply don’t read enough.

For years the publishing industry, spurred on by surveys that show women not only lead as readers of books, but also as the primary purchasers of books (even those meant for their sons or husbands), has focused on finding new titles that will appeal primarily to females. This relentless pursuit to cash-in on a specific segment of the population alienates many others, including young male readers. Boys have been purposely ignored and now the entire country is paying the price.

Yet, the publishing world is not the only culprit. For years schools have filled required reading lists with books written in a century long passed and containing themes that do nothing but leave distaste on the palates of young male readers. Many boys who began reading heavily on their own are often turned away from books thanks to overzealous schools that force them to consume stories that hold no appeal for young men. For escape boys then turn to computers, video games, and sports, looking upon books simply as a burden they must carry in order to complete their studies and graduate from school.

In order for the United States to again be number one in the world with regard to academics, we as a nation must make available books that capture a young boy’s imagination—high adventure, strong lead characters, lots of action, and moreover, a positive message of achievement.

A new novel that has hit the shelves entitled “Resurrection of Liberty” is hopefully the start of a shift in the publishing world of offering novels that appeal not only to adults, but also teenage boys. Recently nominated for the 2006 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, “Resurrection of Liberty” is a Space Fantasy that has been compared to the early works of Robert A. Heinlein. Its triumphant and empowering storyline is packed with enough action and adventure to keep young male readers engaged, and even a few teenagers have reported tearing through all 352 pages in just one day.

In “Resurrection of Liberty” sixteen-year-old Daniel Foster discovers a secret about his family that will change his life and the lives of every human being on Earth. On a seemingly innocent trip with his friends, Daniel’s grandfather’s old car transforms from a simple mode of transport to an advanced spacecraft that rockets the three teenagers to a cloaked starship that has been waiting silently for over a generation. In their efforts to return home, the three friends plunge deeper into space, meeting the race that sent Dan’s grandfather to Earth on a critical mission decades before. Yet, they also learn of the terrible menace that has now set its sites on the trio’s home planet. Now, far away from his family, Daniel must dig deep inside himself to muster the confidence to save Earth, and ultimately the galaxy.

“Resurrection of Liberty” has both strong male and female characters, with plenty of excitement all packed into a well-written novel that would be a welcome addition to any boy’s bookshelf, and moreover, would spice up that lackluster school reading list.

We do not want to lose this generation. With all the other trappings tempting teenage boys it is the responsibility of the publishing industry to offer books that do justice to their desires. Male readers cannot be ignored and it would be a travesty if the disinterest continues. Thank goodness that there is a novel like “Resurrection of Liberty” to begin this revolution.

To find out more about “Resurrection of Liberty” or to get your copy visit the author’s official website at or call 888-372-8617.


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