This is how you make kids love reading…

I got FT Bradley’s DOUBLE VISION after hearing her speak at a literature festival. I’ve got a ten year old who has gotten into novels in a big way, but had yet to be introduced down the thriller avenue of fiction. She came to me repeatedly during her reading, all grins, saying, “Hey mama, you gotta hear this!” So, without further delay, I am turning it over to dictation so that my littlest housebeast can tell you what was so great about DOUBLE VISION:

“I love it! It was funny. It was exciting and complicated in a fun way. There were some great surprises and I like how nervous I got for Linc, but he turned out to be smarter than he thought he was. I think I like reading about scary adventures more than I want to have them.”

As soon as she had closed the back cover, she immediately asked if we could go out and buy the next installment of Lincoln Baker’s adventures. That’s got to be a good endorsement. Just to be sure, I told her that the stars went from one for I didn’t like it to five for it was amazing. Without hesitation, she gave DOUBLE VISION five stars.


From a parent’s point of view, fiction is an invaluable way for kids to stretch their imaginations and their emotional muscles. Any book that earns a smile like that and ignites her to begging for a trip to the bookstore gets my vote.


Author: jamiemason

Wrote THE HIDDEN THINGS, MONDAY'S LIE, and also THREE GRAVES FULL (Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books.) Might write something else if I'm not careful.

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