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Reluctant-reader Website May Help

Visit www.reluctant-reader.net for the latest information on helping the child who doesn’t like to read. Find out why and what can be done.

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Amazon Reviews for The Kenny Cartwright Chronicles Book 1

Cartwright Cover - Amazon

List Price: $9.95

5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
82 pages

Saguaro Books, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-0692064658

ISBN-10: 0692064656
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Imagination & Play

Kenny Cartwright seems to be nothing more than a human lab rat to his neighbor, Rich Peterson. Although the boys have a different definition of what it means to be “best friends,” Kenny is always a willing candidate to try Rich’s potentially dangerous ideas. One day, while exploring a hill in the woods, the two boys stumble across an alarming plan of attack, aimed directly at them. Regardless of their differences, Kenny and Rich must work out the true meaning of friendship. The only way the two can survive is to unify—their lives depend on it. Their usually laid back summer will quickly turn disastrous if the two don’t work together. Their once quiet town won’t be safe again until the boys figure out their enemy’s master plan. Do they wave the white flag and give up? Or do the boys prepare for war? There are big decisions to be made for Kenny and Rich. The clock is ticking.

Amazon Reviews for The Kenny Cartwright Chronicles Book 1

Monty J. Curtis

5.0 out of 5 starsThe chapters, each and every one, were riveting …

January 30, 2018

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

The chapters, each and every one, were riveting. I literally could not put this book down and literally didn’t until I had finished. Cleverly written with equally cleverly-named chapters! I look forward to the next!

Amy Weigel

5.0 out of 5 starsThis book is a great read! A new adventure in each chapter

January 17, 2018

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

This book is a great read! A new adventure in each chapter. This was a fun one to read to the family!

Alexander Peacock

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars

December 16, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

4th and 5th grade students loved reading KCC, so did I. Each chapter starts with a famous quote leading into a short story, which makes the book am easy read especially for reluctant readers. All of the students, girls and boys alike were enthralled by Rich’s fun attitude, ideas and quick wit. At times I could hear students laughing as they read! They were eager to read the next adventure. This is a great read! I highly recommend it for every one. Adults too!


5.0 out of 5 starsI live in a small New England town and could …

December 16, 2017

Format: Paperback

I live in a small New England town and could picture all of this happening. I laughed out loud reading it to my granddaughter.

Terry Timothy

5.0 out of 5 starsthis book is funny! Be warned

December 17, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

I’m 59 years old, this book is funny! Be warned, if you read this book in bed sleep will not come to either you or your partner. You will stay awake from the splitting belly laughter and your partner will ultimately also receive no sleep. In addition, when you’re through reading it, your partner will want to give it a read and the no-sleep cycle for both of you will begin. Very well written and throughly captures moments that most of us have encountered in our youth. If you like to laugh and reminisce about days gone by, this is a book for you! What a fun read!

Paul & Erica Robinson

5.0 out of 5 starsKeeps young readers interested

January 14, 2018

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

Glimpse into the mind of a boy as he gets himself into and out of trouble. Great book for elementary students!…short chapters that read as stand-alone short stories but are joined together to create a complete book that keep kids’ attention.
I bought this book for all of my kids from 1st to 6th grade, but it’s pretty much perfect for my 4th grade son!

Mom of 3

5.0 out of 5 starsExtremely funny

December 11, 2017

Format: Paperback

This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Although it is a book for elementary and middle school kids, I enjoyed it immensely as an adult.

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New Title from Saguaro Books, LLC

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List Price: $11.95

5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
202 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1978044838

ISBN-10: 1978044836
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Physical & Emotional Abuse


Danny Meyers is a kid with a plan—he’s smart, goal-oriented, and the definition of a goody-two-shoes. So how does an A+ student get mixed up with the school bully? In the summer of 1995, Danny is about to learn that people aren’t always what they seem, that sometimes the best-laid plans fail, and that the ordinary events of day-to-day life can be important—even if you don’t think so at the time. Danny is on the verge of turning a corner and he won’t be able to go back. But what he learns after turning that corner, and a few more, just might help him make sense of things after all.

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Introducing K. L. Kranes as our next Author Takeover Participant…

K.L. Kranes lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, daughter and dog. When not writing fiction, K.L. is a freelance editor.

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Happy Birthday!!!

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Happy Fifth Birthday…five years ago we received our first manuscript, Kenning Magic, which became our first published title.

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Our next author to be introduced for our Author TakeOver…Jenny Hawes

Jennifer L. Hawes lives with her family in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s boyhood town located along the Mississippi River. When she’s not writing, she can be found running or photographing her world. Her teenage son, a free runner, was the inspiration behind this novel.
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New Title


Something is making twelve-year-old Violet psychic. Is it the secret diary she found in her orphanage or the mysterious mountains of Vermont? She’ll soon discover supernatural power she didn’t know she had and learn secrets that adults don’t know—especially about children, America and the pyramid on the dollar bill.


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New from Saguaro Books, LLC



List Price: $11.95

5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
226 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1547149582
ISBN-10: 1547149582
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / Canada/Native Canadian

Until now there has been no magic, no adventure in Mary Bell’s life. Her small community in northern Saskatchewan is not a place where anything ever happens. Other than a heinous murder some thirty years ago, Buffalo Narrows has remained unscathed by notoriety. The population of Aboriginal people and of ancestors of European settlers, cohabit the tiny remote town and together they enjoy a peaceful, harmonious and simple but difficult existence.
But then on a beautiful summer day, in 2000, life as Mary Bell knows it, comes to a sudden halt.
A small Cessna hydroplane with five passengers on board crashes in the fields near Mary’s town and she is the only witness to a bloody and fatal tragedy.
Jack Holden, a lawyer and human rights activist enters the scene and turns Mary’s dreary life upside down. Not only does she fall in love, but a truth about her community, an ugly truth is revealed. An adventure which she dared only to dream about, is presented to her.
A gripping tale of romance and self-discovery mixed in with a relevant social issue.

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Writing a Scene

Each scene is composed of a miniature story arc. Do you see how closely the steps mimic the story arc? Only Step 5 is different. Step 5 is a thought process for the author to undertake as each scene is written.


S T E P  1 :  S e t u p

W h e r e  a r e  w e ,  w h o ’ s  t h e r e ,  a n d  w h a t ’ s  g o i n g  o n ?



S T E P  2 :  G o a l

W h a t  i s  m y  h e r o ‘ s  g o a l  i n  t h i s  s c e n e ?  W h a t  d o e s  he/s h e    w a n t ?



S T E P  3 :  C o n f l i c t

W h a t h a p p e n s t o  m a k e  i t  h a r d e r  f o r  m y  h e r o  t o  g e t  w h a t  he/s h e w a n t s ?




S T E P  4 :  R e s o l u t i o n

D o e s m y  h e r o  s u c c e e d  o r  f a i l  i n  g e t t i n g  w h a t  he/s h e  w a n t s ?  H o w d o e s  t h e  s c e n e e n d ?



S T E P  5 :  P u r p o s e

W h a t  i s  t h e  p u r p o s e  o f  t h i s  s c e n e ?  D o e s  i t  m o v e  t h e  s t o r y f o r w a r d ,  c h a r a c t e r i z e ,  o r  b o t h ?




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The Aquitaine Reluctant Reader Series

About the Aquitaine Reluctant Reader Series:

Why a Reluctant Reader Series?

Not all children read at the same level nor do all children enjoy reading. While a good many children do become excited and engaged in reading, especially in the primary grades, some are reluctant and disinterested. While a child may not show a natural interest in reading, this does not mean he/she cannot become a skilled and even enthusiastic reader. If the child has reached middle grade and is still disinterested, it’s time to take action.

While any child, young or old, male or female can be a reluctant reader the largest number of unenthusiastic readers are adolescent boys. Research shows that a good number of boys who were avid readers in the elementary grades become disinterested in reading during their middle school years. However, there are a number of factors that may contribute to this shift—increasing complexity of material, peer pressure—one of the primary reasons seems to be they fail to see the connection between reading and “real” life.

School assignments, such as book reports, can become stressful for these students as well as parents and teachers. These children need material that is especially prepared to be relevant to the curriculum as well as to life. This material must be written to engage the reluctant reader, using images as well as text and presented in electronic and paper to fit classroom and leisure reading.

Books for the reluctant reader must be:

  • Relevant to the curriculum (Common Core),
  • Factual but engaging,
  • Written to pique and hold interest,
  • Presented in text and images,
  • Available as ebook and in print, and
  • Priced to be affordable for the individual student as well as bulk-priced to be attractive to schools.

Aquitaine, Ltd.’s  Reluctant Reader Series, geared to readers in grades 10 and up, fills all these requirements. Our books have been thoroughly researched and edited by leading scientists and written by educators and librarians.


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