The Secret To Getting Adolescent Boys To Read. Educator Addresses Reading Comprehension In Adolescent Boys
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, October 10, 2013, 03:18 PM EDT
Finding a way to get adolescent boys to read may be easier than we think. It’s no secret that boys often progress more slowly than girls when it comes to reading comprehension and frequency.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, adolescent females have outperformed adolescent males on reading assessments, nearly every year dating back to 1971. Author and educator Christopher Dignan would argue the reasons are more easily recognizable than we think.
“They’ll watch the movie, but they won’t finish the book,” Dignan said. “Why? They told me it was because the text was too long, too complex or too detailed. Boys want story and action, not boring details.”
“The Chronicles of Lux Veritas” follows Solas Gambit, a teenager who lives with his dying grandmother. Upon suddenly receiving a sword named Lux Veritas from an Iroquois shaman, Solas Gambit is transported to a world of demonic purgatory, where he must instill peace.
“The story will challenge the reader to take a closer look at the merit of his own value system and what his principles are, and what he considers priorities in this mortal life, especially regarding the people we love or say we love,” Dignan said.
Dignan concentrated his book on educational topics like solipsism, morals and karma. Parents need not worry that their children are learning important lessons while also being fantastically entertained. One of the biggest thrills of “The Chronicles of Lux Veritas” is the setting; the novel takes place in purgatory.
According to Christianity, purgatory is a real and hostile environment and helps give the novel its intensity. Described as “Harry Potter on steroids” by Dignan’s own students, the novel encompasses a point of view that not only appeals to Christianity, but also adolescent boys who like action, thrills and a quick plot line.
“The Chronicles of Lux Veritas”
By Christopher Dignan
Available at www.amazon.com
About the author
Christopher Dignan earned a bachelor's degree from McGill University and the Université de Montréal. He is currently a teacher who enjoys reading history and philosophy. He and his wife have one son and live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This is his first novel.