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Re: Do boys read girls books?

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Posted by Martin Honor on June 09, 2017 at 01:08:29 user MartinH.

In Reply to: Re: Do boys read girls books? posted by Mike Dennis on June 08, 2017 at 22:17:29:

As for the issue of boys being 'put off' I think it is far more complex than just saying its becasue there is no male lead.

I'm sure it is much more complex than just the gender of the lead character. In my opinion boys like stories with action and adventure and are not so keen on "goody goody" books. Girls are more content with a slower story which develops character and emotional ties. These are probably generalisations and there are probably examples among your own family and friends which do not fit.

Certainly I read some books that were considered to be for girls: Ballet Shoes and Heidi for two. The former I reread at least once.

Are there any teachers or librarians on tarboard who can tell us whether the Alex Rider series appeal to girls as well as boys, and do boys read the Tracey Beaker books?

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