Kids + Teens

Reading is the Ultimate Adventure!

Among teachers and librarians they’re known as “reluctant readers.” Kids who may have terrific reading skills, but don’t tend to turn to books. We wanted to turn a few around, and we knew just how to do it.

These action-packed books offer young readers a chance to determine how the story will end, and if they’ll survive!

Chronicle invited bloggers to reverse a reluctant reader by giving them a copy of the latest in our series The Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure Novel: Amazon.

Take a peek inside.

Follow along as these bloggers help young readers discover that reading is the ultimate adventure.

4/3 The Working Closet
4/10 Fussy
4/20 AlphaMom
4/27 Notes from the Trenches
4/27 Ruth Ayres Writes
4/28 Where the Best Books Are
4/29 Pragmatic Mom
4/30 Middle Grade Mafioso
5/1 The O.W.L.
5/2 Books4YourKids
5/2 Finslippy
5/3 Muse Reviews
5/4 Write for a Reader
5/5 Amber Keyser

How about you? Do you have a reluctant reader in your life? Let us know below for a chance to win an entire set of Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure Novels.

Lara Starr
Publicity, Children and Teens

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Lara Starr

Lara Starr is Chronicle’s Senior Publicist for Children’s books, and the author of Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones and other Galactic Goodies, Ice Sabers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Cookbook and Cookie Cutters Kit, and Chef Olivia™. Tell her you like her sweater and she’ll tell you exactly what she paid for it.
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  • se7enhoods April 28, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Oh these look wonderful!!! I always thought a reluctant reader was a child that hadn't found the right book… We are a family of avid readers… except for one!!! And I just haven't found the right book for him to ignite his reading journey!!! But these look up his street… lots of facts and a story!!!


  • Niccimo April 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

    My niece would love these! I used to have a computer program like this when I was younger. Putting alternate endings in a book is a much better idea! I hope I can win one for my niece! She's such a great reader but says she finds it "boring".


  • @arllennium April 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

    ELL students can sometimes be reluctant readers. The images that support the text as well as graphic novel type pages look like they would surely engage our reluctant readers!


  • Beth Smerdon April 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

    My daughter LOVES reading, but a friend of hers "hates" it. (?!) Would love to offer this set to her…


  • jessica lawrence April 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I have two reluctant readers identical twin boys but I am noticing if I can find books the peak their interest they will even read to each other or together. I think winning a set of these books would be wonderful for them what boy wouldn’t want to read a book with adventures you choose yourself and they can even do it together.


  • @cachexia1 April 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    My 10 year old won't read she refuses point blank , the worst bit is her 8year old brother now excels her, which has made it worse I think shes jealous but too stubborn to convince to read!


  • Kathy April 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I'm so pleased to find out about this series. Sounds like my son, who's probably in the reluctant reader category (loves to be read to, but not so much on his own) would love them!


  • Elizabeth G April 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    These look amazing. I am a third grade teacher who runs into reluctant boys readers on a daily basis. I also have a son who is a great reader but is hesitant to pick up books in his free time. I can see these books grabbing ALL of their attentions. Thank you for such a great giveaway.


  • Maria April 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    These do look great, and I think they might pull my reluctant reader (other than comics, I'm afraid) in long enough to be hooked! Great revival of the old choose your own ending books.


  • Victoria Osborn April 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    These books look amazing. For years now I have been looking for something to reach my students who don’t like reading. I have tried just about everything. I think these books would intrest all my students.


  • Angela April 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I teach school and i always have a couple of reluctant readers. It may be because they don’t find it fun, think the can’t, or because they struggle. I love finding new kinds of series to help them find a love for reading.


  • Kerri Quinn Taylor April 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I have an avid reader, a reluctant reader, and a non-reader (at least not yet). They would all benefit from having this series in our library.


  • Jessica April 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    My students love these types of books…great for reluctant readers!


  • Colleen April 30, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Who doesn't have reluctant readers! It is frustrating, as much as I like new technology, I still love reading. Nothing better than getting lost in a good book!


  • AndreaT July 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    My son would rather explore outside than try to read, so this looks like a great collection to persuade him to stay inside (for a little bit at least!) Add in that I was a huge Choose-Your-Own-Adventure fan as a kid, and my husband has the whole 'Worst Case Survival' series, and clearly this was made for our family. 🙂


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