Your Child Can Discover Summer Reading Fun With A Kids' Whodunit

“Someone’s Trapped” the second Viking Club Kids’ Whodunit (8-12) by BC author Maureen Grenier, can be the book that helps your child discover reading is fun.

Online PR News – 19-June-2014 – Vancouver, BC Canada – It’s time to dig out some good summer reading for your children, and nothing is better than giving the gift of a kids’ whodunit as a reward for solving the mysteries presented by another year of school. Our children are now facing a long stretch of free time where they risk losing some of their language skills—and we don’t want that!

You can plug daily reading into an overall summer plan that includes sharing family chores as well as fun activities such as daily reading and possibly summer camp programs. Offer a prize to be awarded at the end of the summer for the child’s degree of participation—a chart and stars can help.

Here’s the pitch: “In Someone’s Trapped, thirteen-year-old Rebecca is horrified to discover that she has become a suspect in a series of thefts from her soccer team dressing room. She calls on the Viking Club Detective Agency for help, and her friends, 12-year-old Chris and 10-year-old Jaylon, are on the case with her, but can they come up with a plan to prove her innocence? If they fail, Rebecca will pay the price. Meanwhile, Chris is trying to cope with being bullied, and Jaylon wants to help his good buddy with a problem. What would you suggest if you were in their detective agency?”

Remember that your goal is to make summer reading a ‘fun’ activity, and if you have a slow reader who needs help, keep it low key—no reliving the classroom struggle of sounding out words. That’s not fun. If your child pauses before a word, wait a few seconds, ask for the name of the first letter, ask for the sound the letter makes, and then simply tell your child the word. Keep the process short so that the flow of the story is not interrupted. If it is, switch to having your child read every second page, or every second paragraph, or every second sentence. Do whatever it takes.

There are particular benefits to having your child read mysteries. Not only do they supply the motivation for finishing the story to find out ‘whodunit,’ but they also involve the child in the process of problem-solving strategies, which, of course, has important life applications. There is research to support this notion, and the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute now includes the promotion of detective fiction in its curriculum content.

Finally, several studies suggest that reading fiction helps children develop empathy and understanding and makes them more adept at sizing up people and social situations. Apparently, the connection with a book over the course of many hours is so much more powerful than the simple response to a movie for ‘jogging the brain.’ We now know that books really can change thinking.

To lure your children away from the onslaught of summer TV programs and video games, you have to offer special enticements. Make this the summer your child discovers reading is fun with a kids’ whodunit.

The book is illustrated by the author, and available in paperback or hardcover from FriesenPress, Amazon, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, and is available on Kindle and the Nook. The first book of the series, "Something’s Missing,” a hockey-themed mystery, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, and independent bookstores.

About: Maureen Grenier has taught school, worked as an artist for The Kanata Standard, an editor and writer for Meridian Magazine, Publications Manager for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and freelance editor and writer for various organizations and publications. She has a BA from the University of Waterloo, a year of Commercial Art from Washington State University, and an Elementary School Teacher’s Certificate from the University of Victoria, BC. For more information about Maureen Grenier, please visit her website at: http://www.maureengrenier.com.

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