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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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