Friday, July 26, 2019

Are Shorter Books Better for Kids?

Notice, my article, “Are Shorter Books Better for Kids?” in the upper right of Story Monsters Magazine's August edition, is listed just above James Patterson.
Max Elliot Anderson

Friday, July 19, 2019

My Article in Story Monsters' children's literary magazine

Here’s a link to Story Monsters, the children’s literary magazine for libraries, teachers, and parents. Their August issue carries my article, “Are Shorter Books Better for Kids?”  

Friday, July 12, 2019

All Wolves Are Bad...Right?


Is it true…wolves are bad?

As a child, growing up, that’s what I believed. After all, the children’s books I read, characters like the wolf man, plus feature movies and cartoons, all showed the wolf as evil or in a bad light.

Years later, I was nearly hired to produce a film showing the wolf as bad and not worthy of reintroduction into Yellowstone. I believed the lies even then, although the project did not materialize. 

In the last several years, I have written adventures and mysteries for readers 8 - 12. One of those titles is Legend of the White Wolf. As I entered into the research for this book, I have to admit that I still believed the wolf would primarily be negative in the story. But what I discovered changed my opinion. As a result, Legend of the White Wolf puts the wolf into the positive light I believe these magnificent animals deserve.

It’s my opinion that, if we hope to change public opinion about these animals, the best way is to start is by informing children about the truth, especially in schools and libraries. 

If you are in a position to do so, I hope you will alert the people, organizations, and groups within your circle of influence, that Legend of the White Wolf puts the wolf in its proper light. 

Max Elliot Anderson
Author
Legend of the White Wolf 



Legend of the white Wolf, a middle grade adventure / mystery, is now republished. 


 Synopsis

Take two eleven-year-old boys, a mysterious white wolf, a dangerous band of illegal hunters, and all the excitement of the rugged outdoors near Yellowstone, put it all together in a book and you have an adventure story even the most "reluctant" of readers will pick up and enjoy. 

Brian Fisher was no different from other young boys and, so, it was not much of a surprise that he resented the fact that no one believed his fantastic tale about a white wolf. It was also no surprise that he decided to prove the story true, even if it meant putting his own life in danger. 


It all began when Brian discovered a white wolf pup caught in a trap and set it free. Since then, Brian was convinced that he and the wolf shared a special bond. Stung by the disbelief of his family and friends, Brian sets out to confirm the story and ends up getting a lot more than he bargained for. It is bad enough that he is caught out in a snowstorm and attacked by a mountain lion, but when a group of lawless hunters begins killing off the wolf population, that's when Brian has to get right in the middle of it. 
Reviews
** Max Elliot Anderson weaves this story of adventure and trust with deft fingers, bringing the story to life in a fulfilling and meaningful way. "Legend of the White Wolf" should be included on every young boy's bookshelf.

** I believe it will appeal to everyone. It was simple and well written. The end was so gripping I found myself sitting on the edge of the couch. With its male protagonist it is especially geared toward boys. I don't believe that will deter girls, especially if they are animal lovers. I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5

** Will Brian find Snowball, the white wolf again? Will the wolf poachers be caught?

** Filled with suspense and information on wolves.
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Legend-White-Wolf-Elliot-Anderson/dp/1951080009/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=legend+of+the+white+wolf%2C+max+elliot+anderson&qid=1562374137&s=gateway&sr=8-3 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Legend of the White Wolf is now republished

Legend of the white Wolf, a middle grade adventure / mystery, is now republished. 


 Synopsis

Take two eleven-year-old boys, a mysterious white wolf, a dangerous band of illegal hunters, and all the excitement of the rugged outdoors near Yellowstone, put it all together in a book and you have an adventure story even the most "reluctant" of readers will pick up and enjoy. 

Brian Fisher was no different from other young boys and, so, it was not much of a surprise that he resented the fact that no one believed his fantastic tale about a white wolf. It was also no surprise that he decided to prove the story true, even if it meant putting his own life in danger. 


It all began when Brian discovered a white wolf pup caught in a trap and set it free. Since then, Brian was convinced that he and the wolf shared a special bond. Stung by the disbelief of his family and friends, Brian sets out to confirm the story and ends up getting a lot more than he bargained for. It is bad enough that he is caught out in a snowstorm and attacked by a mountain lion, but when a group of lawless hunters begins killing off the wolf population, that's when Brian has to get right in the middle of it. 
Reviews
** Max Elliot Anderson weaves this story of adventure and trust with deft fingers, bringing the story to life in a fulfilling and meaningful way. "Legend of the White Wolf" should be included on every young boy's bookshelf.

** I believe it will appeal to everyone. It was simple and well written. The end was so gripping I found myself sitting on the edge of the couch. With its male protagonist it is especially geared toward boys. I don't believe that will deter girls, especially if they are animal lovers. I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5

** Will Brian find Snowball, the white wolf again? Will the wolf poachers be caught?

** Filled with suspense and information on wolves.
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Legend-White-Wolf-Elliot-Anderson/dp/1951080009/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=legend+of+the+white+wolf%2C+max+elliot+anderson&qid=1562374137&s=gateway&sr=8-3 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Legend of the White Wolf, Soon to be Republished

Legend of the white Wolf, a middle grade adventure / mystery, is in the final stage of being republished. 


 Synopsis

Take two eleven-year-old boys, a mysterious white wolf, a dangerous band of illegal hunters, and all the excitement of the rugged outdoors near Yellowstone, put it all together in a book and you have an adventure story even the most "reluctant" of readers will pick up and enjoy. 

Brian Fisher was no different from other young boys and, so, it was not much of a surprise that he resented the fact that no one believed his fantastic tale about a white wolf. It was also no surprise that he decided to prove the story true, even if it meant putting his own life in danger. 


It all began when Brian discovered a white wolf pup caught in a trap and set it free. Since then, Brian was convinced that he and the wolf shared a special bond. Stung by the disbelief of his family and friends, Brian sets out to confirm the story and ends up getting a lot more than he bargained for. It is bad enough that he is caught out in a snowstorm and attacked by a mountain lion, but when a group of lawless hunters begins killing off the wolf population, that's when Brian has to get right in the middle of it. 
Reviews
** Max Elliot Anderson weaves this story of adventure and trust with deft fingers, bringing the story to life in a fulfilling and meaningful way. "Legend of the White Wolf" should be included on every young boy's bookshelf.

** I believe it will appeal to everyone. It was simple and well written. The end was so gripping I found myself sitting on the edge of the couch. With its male protagonist it is especially geared toward boys. I don't believe that will deter girls, especially if they are animal lovers. I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5

** Will Brian find Snowball, the white wolf again? Will the wolf poachers be caught?

** Filled with suspense and information on wolves.

Keep your eye on this blog for information when the book is available.

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Chestnut Challenge: The Nocturnals

The Chestnut Challenge: The Nocturnals


     In The Chestnut Challenge, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a loud-mouthed sugar glider, and Dawn, a serious fox, are playing a game of Chestnuts when Chandler, a conniving chinchilla, challenges Tobin for the title of Chestnut Champion. However, after a series of strange distractions occur, the Brigade begins to suspect that something is not quite right. Chandler is a competitive chinchilla...but could he also be a cheater?

     Readers will delight in an entertaining animal adventure while learning about playing games for fun and displaying good sportsmanship.

     This book came to us at just the right time. Two of our granddaughters, ages 7 and 6, have recently discovered the game of checkers. It's been interesting to watch them learn basic moves of offense as well as defense. And both of them will occasionally try to bend the rules. So the message against cheating is appropriate for their ages.

     They have also enjoyed learning about the animals in this story that come out to play after dark.

Includes bonus Nocturnals fun facts and animal glossary (Ages 6-8)
Themes include good sportsmanship, forgiveness, and friendship.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mothers Teachers and Librarians with struggling, middle grade readers

I also grew up as a struggling, reluctant reader. My life took a course of dramatic motion picture, video, and television commercial production. It is from that well of creative experience that my adventures and mysteries originate for young readers.
The following letter is from a middle school teacher who has used my adventures and mysteries in her classroom for the past few years. It most clearly reflects what I hear from mothers, teachers, and librarians who have trusted my books to interest their young children in reading.

Dear Teacher,
    My name is Sandra Stiles. I am a middle school Language Arts teacher in Bradenton, Florida. I have always had a passion for reading. That passion doesn’t always transfer to your own children. My daughter was a struggling reader. It took another teacher to introduce her to an author whose books she devoured.  
    I am here to tell you about that author who has my students reading and fighting over his books.  Max Elliot Anderson has been one of my favorite authors for several years. Not only do I love his books, but my students love them as well.  I have three classes of students who have a remedial reading class, then they come to me for Language Arts.  
     When I did my first book pass with my students I made sure to have one of Max’s books in each pile to introduce them to his books. Both boys and girls love his books. Almost all of his books are not only filled with adventure, but also mystery. 
     One of my lowest readers has made it a goal to read all of Max’s books I have on my shelves. He has read eight books so far. The really cool part is that he started talking to some of the girls in the class. Now he has them reading them, too.
     Max has two major series, “The Sam Cooper” series and “The Accidental Adventures” series.  Both of these have characters that all kids - boys and girls alike - will love. 
     I can’t say enough about his books.  I highly recommend them to classrooms everywhere.
Sandra Stiles
NBCT

ELA teacher/Dept. Chair
     With summer coming, reading won't necessarily be on the minds of middle grade students. You can recommend these books with confidence. And I hope Sandra's words will encourage you to add some of my books to your home, library, or classroom for next year.
Find most of my books here, on Amazon. If you see a title you like, but it isn't available, all of those are being republished by a new publisher and should be ready throughout 2019.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=max+elliot+anderson

You can reach the author at mander8813@aol.com