Lunchbox Stories – a way to encourage reluctant readers to read

Brian Martin has come up with a neat idea to entice reluctant readers–and busy kids–to read. He calls them Lunchbox Stories–cards that each contain one short chapter with a cliff-hanger ending. The cards can be slipped into a lunchbox or used at bedtime. This sounds like a great idea to me; it reminds me of those old-time serial radio shows, with cliffhanger endings. It might drive voracious readers like me nuts, waiting for the next card (unless you happen to hold the whole deck), but this could be a fun way to encourage reluctant readers to read. I don’t know anything about the quality of the writing; I haven’t read a Lunchbox Story, and there are no excerpts online (I think there should be) but I know that the idea is very appealing.

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About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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