Rockford author publishes first children’s book

Over the past two years, author Max Elliot Anderson has written 18 chapter adventure manuscripts for boys age 8-13. Though these books were intended for reluctant boy readers, they are also enjoyed by avid readers, girls and even adults.

“As a child, I didn’t like to read,” Anderson admits. “So I set out to write books that I would like. My adventure series is different in that the characters, plots, settings, and stories are completely different from one another. I never liked the typical series concept where all these fantastic things that could never happen to one person in a lifetime, happened to the same characters over and over again.”

The first title in this series, Newspaper Caper, was released in September by Tweener Press of Grand Haven, Mich. Terror at Wolf Lake will be released this month. A new Anderson title will then be published every two months.

These books will be offered through Christian bookstores across the country and will also be distributed to libraries. Books are a large 6.125 by 9.5 hard cover and 6 by 9 soft cover. The type is also larger with lots of white space on high-quality paper.

Titles slated for publication in 2004 include North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, The Secret of Abbott’s Cave, Big-Rig Rustlers, Lost Island Smugglers, and Reckless Runaway.

Of the first release, Newspaper Caper, one reviewer wrote, “This is Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn if they lived in modern American suburbia.” Another added: “The characters are very well drawn and realistic. The plot is exciting, and the suspense builds to a surprise ending. This thrilling story is written with the 8-to-13-year-old reluctant reader in mind, and the kids just won’t be able to put it down.”

Anderson is best known for his 25 years of award-winning professional video productions for Rockford-area clients.

Newspaper Caper sells for $9.95 in paperback and $17.95 in hardbound. It can be purchased now at

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