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 writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. 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. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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