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Straighforward Plot and Conflict makes Phantoms a good match for the reluctant reader in the classroom...
on August 30, 2015
I enjoy Dean Koontz and as retired teacher, I can testify that many non-readers become readers when introduced to his books - especially young men. They are drawn to the struggle of good verses evil and the plot line that suggests some connection to ancient rituals, mystic forces or government misdeeds. His characters are easy to identify with and the heroic nature of the conflict(s) seems to be a good mix for the reluctant reader. I am a dog lover so, of course, he appeals to me. Teachers may want to think about this as YA in some cases, but with parental permission. I found my students like to feel that they are making adult choices when it comes to choosing reading material, but parents are still in the loop. Koontz was my go to for many years and I gave away many copies of his books and got feedback that it turned some students into readers.