This week I’ve just begun a reading project aiming at helping teenagers struggling with low literacy. I came across the Choose a Path book series and immediately thought what a fun idea the whole thing is. Not only does the reader get to choose which direction the story takes (turning to specific pages depending on what choices you make), but there are vocabulary building activities along the way. I really think that even children who regard reading as a chore would have to love this idea – you’re given control over the story, you get involved with the protagonist (young people need to relate to the main character, otherwise they get bored quickly) and you get a deeper understanding of POV and characterisation because you’re in the story, as opposed to being dragged along for the ride. It’s also a good starting point for budding young writers who want to develop their storytelling skills, but aren’t sure where to start. Personally my favourite is ‘Time Traveller’s Treasure’. Anything with fantasy elements+dinosaur chases is always a winner for me!

Choose a path

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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