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are engaged at lower levels than girls in all subjects,
but most of all in the English Language Arts.
Growing up, I loved nothing more than to read. In
grade school, I felt much excitement when the Troll
book club forms were passed out by my homeroom teacher.
I would rush home at the end of the day and flip
through the colorful pages and counting the change
and dollar bills I had collected from my measly
allowance. I budgeted my money and figured out how
to buy the most books with the least amount of money.
(A skill that is useful now as a teacher!) I put
my money and my order form in an envelope every
month and waited impatiently for the new books.
I loved the local library and bookstore just as
I entered high school, I was in Honors English classes
and took AP Literature during my senior year. These
were my favorite classes and I excelled at them.
I wrote stories in my free time and longed to be
a published author. I continued to buy books and
read them in my free time. I became obsessed with
the horror and mystery writer Dean Koontz. My desire
to be a writer continued and because of Koontz became
specific to wanting to be a mystery writer. I began
to also buy books for mystery writers, wanting to
know everything I could about writing the stories.
story is not unique – but it is uncommon in boys.
I did not dream of sports and while I did play video
games with my brother, they were not the focus of
my life. I did well in other subjects in school,
and even performed better on the Math portions of
standardized tests. My passion was reading and writing
and for a boy – then and now – this is not typical.
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