I didn’t expect to find my latest endeavor on Amazon yet so I was surprised Saturday when I spotted my cover. I have to say, I really like it. And, no. That’s not me bragging because I didn’t design it. But I dlo like it.
This book is part of a series on Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement. As is the norm, I learned a lot while writing this book.
In part, I learned how to write a hi/lo. That means that the book is for someone whose reading skills are a bit behind their interest level. The hardest part, for me, was learning how to introduce new concepts without using up my limited word count.
Part of what was unique is that you can’t write a sentence about something and then explain it. Take the paragraph above. I would have to start “A hi/lo book is a book with a topic of interest to teens who have a lower reading level. In writing this book, I learned to craft a hi/lo…”
Books written at this level also tend to be shorter than other books for the same age group. For example, my Abdo text What Are Race and Racism? is 15,000 words. This book is about 4000. The idea is that readers step up and read something they can conquer. They feel like they’ve achieved something. That means they will read again. On the other hand, if you give them a book that is too long, they get discouraged and stop reading. They don’t finish the book and getting them to pick up another may be even more difficult.
I enjoyed working on this project because every reader needs to learn about this topic. Please note – no IMHO. Nope. This is something voting Americans need to know about. I say this as someone who frequently writes about social justice.
Hopefully I’ll get to write more on social justice topics. But I also hope to write more Hi/Lo books.