“Mum – I loved this book!” This was my daughter’s greeting the other morning, and the book she had read was Lisa’s “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”. So you can imagine how happy I am to have Lisa today as our Guest Fox! Please make her welcome.
Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you today! I’m Lisa Orchard, the author of the Super Spies Mystery/Thriller Series. I’d like to take a minute and thank Iris for having me as her guest today. Thanks Iris! Today I’d like to talk about Motivation.
I think having hopes and dreams is a very essential part of happiness. These goals are the motivation that gets us out of bed in the morning. Wouldn’t you agree?
As I look back on my life I realize my happiest times were when I was pursuing a goal. When I was a teen, I wanted to be a detective. That’s right; I wanted to be Nancy Drew.
So, I got my friends together, we formed our own detective squad, and started detecting. We had the time of our lives! It was awesome! Not only were we occupied for hours on end, but we stayed out of trouble… for the most part.
As I look back, I realized why I had so much fun. It was because I was chasing a dream and it was my dream not my parent’s, or my teacher’s, or my coaches; it was mine and mine alone…along with my friends. I feel this is an important distinction when it comes to motivation.
And maybe that’s why there are so many problems in our educational system today. We have reluctant readers and kids who don’t want to go to school. I have to wonder why? I loved school when I was a kid and even though I had a hard time getting up in the morning, I was excited about learning.
When I thought about why our young people don’t seem motivated to learn, I had to ask why. And then it hit me. It’s the way our educational system is designed. When my kids go to school they have to learn what the teacher or the state chooses to teach them. So, if they’re learning about a subject that doesn’t interest them, their motivation goes right out the window.
I say let’s give our kids choices especially when it comes to reading. Why can’t our kids choose the books they want to read? The goal is to get them reading, right? Why not let them read the books that interest them? I think this would solve the motivational problem with some of our reluctant readers.
I know what you’re thinking? That’s kind of unrealistic. I mean we can’t provide different books for every kid. Really? Here’s my solution to the problem. You knew I had one didn’t you? (wink).
Let’s provide all the students with e-readers. I know you’re laughing right now but let’s just think about this for a second.
If each student had an e-reader they would have a virtual library at their fingertips. With all the e-book choices out there I’m sure even the most reluctant reader would find a story he’s interested in reading.
I know you’re worried about the cost, right? Well…e-readers are expensive that’s true, but have you checked out the price difference between paperbacks and e-books lately? I bet the savings between the two book formats would offset the cost of the e-readers very quickly.
And now that we’re talking about cost, why don’t we put text books in e-book format. Think of the huge savings there!
So there you have it in a nutshell, my solution to the motivational problems for our reluctant readers. I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any ideas that would help ignite a young mind please share. And while you’re at it, check out my books.
I’ve got two available in my Super Spies series and I’ve been told that young readers have a hard time putting them down. They’re written for the Upper Middle Grade/ Young Adult market. The covers and blurbs are below.
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“The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-super-spies-and-the-cat-lady-killer-lisa-orchard/1109518725?ean=2940014338202
“The Super Spies and the High School Bomber”
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-super-spies-and-the-high-school-bomber-lisa-orchard/1112263058?ean=2940014992244
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?
Hey, Lisa love the way that you think! I can see schools slowly adapting to ebooks or tablets in the near future. It would solve a lot of problems (and costs) in the educational system, plus this is where technology is heading, so we might as well go with the flow and get our kids reading what they want! Great stuff and best wishes with all your publishing endeavors!
Thanks for stopping by Sharon! I appreciate your support and I hope schools do adapt to the e-readers! Think of the selection of books! Even the pickiest reader could find something interesting!
Thanks Iris for having me as your guest today! I appreciate it!
I thought your solution about using e-readers to motivate kids to read more is top-notch! And no library overdue fees or lost books. I think kids would find the readers cool enough to use.
Thanks for stopping by Catherine! I agree! We might get some reluctant readers reading just because they like the “techie” stuff! 🙂
Welcome to the blog, Lisa; (I’m the “Friday Fox”). I found myself reading more and more YA and now that The Next Generation, (I’m a grandmother), is moving into that level, I am seeking out more and more. No end insight and I’m loving it.
I am amused to no end at the idea that having a ‘detective agency’ kept you out of trouble, (for the most part); I would have thought you’d have gotten yourself into no end of trouble!
I wish you continuing success!
Thanks for stopping by Tonette! Yes, amazingly enough creating my own detective squad kept me out of trouble because I was so busy “detecting” that I didn’t have time to fight with my siblings or cause a ruckus in the neighborhood. 🙂
I can go either way about the e-readers, but I def. agree that textbooks — esp. college texts — are overpriced. In some cases, perhaps 5-6 times overpriced.
But I definitely agree that kids, especially those who may be (presently) “reluctant readers”, ought to be allowed a customized reading list. I still remember an incident from over 5 decades ago in which a bookmobile employee visiting our elem. sch. wouldn’t let me check out a book I wanted because it was supposedly the wrong reading level. So what? It was something I wanted to read!
It did not quell my love of reading, but it made me vow to let kids select their own books, as much as possible.
Thanks for stopping by Jeff! It’s so sad that you had that experience! I’m hoping that educators are more open minded these days and not stuck on reading levels so much as encouraging reading. I think that’s happening, I’ve seen it in my kids classes. 🙂
I totally agree about the school systems. My son is quite brilliant but hated, hated school and all the stuff they required that he wasn’t interested in. The minute he went to college and could pick his own subjects, he thrived. That’s a sad commentary on the school systems, isn’t it?
Your stories sound wonderful. I’m also a frustrated wanna be detective. LOL!
Thanks for stopping by Jillian! My brother had a similar experience in school. In fact, the school counselor told my parents that they shouldn’t send him to college! Can you believe that? When he got to college he also thrived. 🙂 I’m glad my parents didn’t listen to that counselor!
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Hi Lisa – thanks for being our Guest Fox this week. It seems like you had a great time here.
I sure did Iris! Thanks for having me as your guest. I hope you had a great time on your trip! 🙂