Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Capstone Publishers - Stone Arch Books

First, just to let everyone know.....Capstone Press sends me books to preview a couple of times a year; however, I do not receive any compensation for books purchased due to my reviews published on this blog.

I really like Stone Arch Books, a small publishing house which is part of Capstone Publishers. If you are really into finding books for reluctant readers, especially boys, you undoubtably already know about Capstone's books. The following post appeared on the Stone Arch blog site-

Good Books or Gross Books? "An article in the Wall Street Journal recently claimed that to get boys to read, you’ve gotta give them blood and guts. Here at Stone Arch Books, we understand the balance between what boys want and what kids want. Our (proven, kid-tested) method of getting boys to read simply consists of publishing books that contain elements boy readers are looking for—action, sports, humor, adventure, and just a pinch of irreverence. At the same time, we’re publishing books that librarians and teachers and parents can be comfortable with. August 13, 2008

Check out the Graphic Flash: Historical Fiction books by Stone Arch. They combine regular text with the graphic novel format. The books look good and are good reads. There are about 12 titles out already with several more coming in 2009. I recently read Jungle Scout: A Vietnam War Story by Tim Hoppey. IL grades 3-8/ RL grades 2-3 I know a fifth grader who will enjoy this book. For all the school librarians (as well as parents, etc.) - if a student enjoys one of the historical fiction books, gently show him where the Vietnam War books are in the nonfiction collection in the library. Hopefully, there is something on his level there. Encourage him to look at the pictures and read the captions if the overall text is too difficult.

If your reluctant readers enjoy scary stories like the Goosebumps series, try the Shade series by Stone Arch. IL grades 5-9/RL 2-3 The Mummy at Midnight by Steve Brezenoff is scary with high suspense. Be sure to point out the Internet sites at the back of the book that can be accessed through using the book's ISBN number. For this title FactHound lead the reader to good sites about sleepwalking and mummies. And again, for readers who enjoyed this particular title in the series, show them where the nonfiction books about mummies are in the library.


max said...

I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that girls and boys hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at

I also have a short story in a new book called LAY UPS and LONG SHOTS, published by Darby Creek Publishing. It's a Junior Library Guild selection. I'm also featured in an article in the 2009 edition of Children's Writer Guide.

My other books are all ranked by Accelerated Reader

Max Elliot Anderson

Elizabeth said...

Max, I enjoyed your web sites and look forward to reading some of your books.

Steve said...

Elizabeth, thank you so much for your kind words and the mention of Mummy at Midnight! It's one of my SAB titles I'm especially proud of (especially because of Tiffany's gorgeous art, the cover and throughout).