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Re: Do boys read girls books?

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Posted by Duncan on June 14, 2017 at 01:33:26 user Duncan.

In Reply to: Re: Do boys read girls books? posted by Adam Quinan on June 11, 2017 at 14:48:55:

Yes - I think that's always a good idea.
Having said that Secret Garden was always "up there" with my favourite books as a child and I never thought of it as a "girl's book".

Interestingly, I'm teaching an adult evening class about short stories at the moment, and I used one of Bill Naughton's short stories for children (Spit Nolan) and the women in the group (they're all women!) all thought that it would appeal to boys rather than girls. The reason didn't appear to be because it was a story about boys (I'm not sure there was a single girl) but because it focused so much on the technicality of the go-karts/trollies. It does make me wonder whether the technical sailing (and occasionally fishing/prospecting, etc) elements of AR's books ever put off girl readers? I don't really see why it should do, but I suppose being a bit obsessed with one particular thing is quiet boyish.

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