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Reach your girl reluctant readers...with humour!

October 27th, 2011 by Carrie Gleason

26 tips coverThough reluctant readers are often boys, there are also many girls who do little or no reading. Many young girls hide that they aren't readers from their friends, teachers, and family. In this situation, there's a definite need for accessible and appealing books for these resistant readers too.

One approach — using homour — works well with boys, and it can also be the perfect way to engage girls.  Ottawa-area author Catherine Austen uses humour as a key element in her new book 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, a book that deals with common worries that tween girls can relate to, like jealousy, crushes, friendships, and family. 

Readers can start at the beginning and read the book consecutively to enjoy the whole story or they can simply dip at the start of any of the book's 26 tips to tickle their funny bone.

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Catherine Austen is available for school and library visits in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. To talk to Catherine about a school visit, contact the author directly through her website at


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