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Written & Designed for Reluctant Readers

We consider how every element of our books will affect reluctant readers: story, pacing, style, font, white space, length, cover design, chapter length, word choice…everything.

A Different Kind of Book

A great story is only part of the battle. Reluctant readers put down great books all the time. Why? Because they look too hard. Because they’re not designed to be easy to read. Because they’re simply too intimidating.

Our books are written in a highly-engaging style, with stories told in short chapters that are easy to get through. Simple sentence structure and fast-paced action keep kids turning pages. Plus, we poured through dozens of studies on reading comprehension to craft a book design that is as easy and readable as possible.

I already have recommended it to my friends and my friends and I NEVER talk about books.”

— Hailey, 6th Grade Student

Nevermore #1: We Bury the Living

Finn and Jamie are spending the summer with relatives they’ve never met. Uncle Silas and Aunt Ida live in the middle of nowhere. Next to a cemetery. They drive a hearse. And run a funeral home. And sleep in coffins.

But the real horrors are just beginning. Not everyone is resting peacefully in Eldorado Cemetery. Graves are being dug up. The sound of crying is coming from crypts closed for centuries. Someone is stalking the graveyard at night.

But don’t worry. The dead can’t really come back to life.

Can they?

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Mom was super excited. Duke hardly ever reads and she couldn’t believe he had finally found a book he couldn’t/wouldn’t put down.”

— Mrs. Bankson, 7th Grade Teacher

What Real Kids Are Saying About the Nevermore Series

“Every single story in this series has some sort of awesome twist that makes you want more of the book.”

— Maleigh, 7th Grade Student

Nevermore #2: Death Cab

The last car Danny Ferry’s dad worked on before he died was a sleek black taxi cab. It’s still sitting in his dad’s garage. The owner dropped it off and never came back.

One day Danny finds the keys and turns on the radio. But it isn’t music he picks up on the dial. It’s voices. Dead voices. Voices that call his name…and want a ride.

Now Danny’s got a new gig: taxi driver for the recently deceased. Except not everybody’s happy now that Danny’s behind the wheel.

And when the dead get angry, they really come to life.

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FAQ

Wait, so are these books dumbed down so “slow” kids can read them?

Not at all. Reluctant readers aren’t slow or stupid. They’re perfectly normal kids. They’re just not so hot on reading books.

Our books are written to be highly engaging and entertaining. The pace is fast. The chapters are short. Cliffhanger endings at the end of each chapter hook kids into wanting to know what happens next.

You’ll find lots of short paragraphs and dialogue in our books, which means kids see plenty of white space on every page. Our books look readable (because they are). They look like books a skeptical reader can handle.

Gotcha. So your books are ONLY for kids who don’t like to read?

Our books are written with reluctant readers in mind first and foremost. But when we tested our books on real kids, we discovered that kids who love to read enjoy them too!

Across the board, whether kids hate read or love it, the Nevermore series was a hit.

What age group are your books written for?

Our books can be read and enjoyed by a wide age range. We recommend trying the Nevermore series on kids from age 10 to 15, regardless of their reading level.

Your books look pretty creepy. Are they age appropriate?

We brought in renowned artist Butcher Billy to create the marvelous covers you see here. They were designed specifically to appeal to kids. And they do look a bit creepy!

That aside, every book in the series is age appropriate for late elementary into high school. There is no sex, no gore, no cussing, and violence is downplayed in a way that serves the plot but is never gratuitous.

Sure, but will they give my kid nightmares?

Not likely. The Nevermore series was written specifically with the idea of a roller coaster in mind: they should feel exciting, a little wild, but ultimately safe.

However, every kid is unique, and some kids are more susceptible to bad dreams than others.

How can I hear about new books when they come out?

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Nevermore #3: The Thirteenth Floor

Horacio and Karina just moved into the Gold Bug Apartments in Nevermore. Seems nice. People there are friendly. There’s even an old school elevator originally from a famous Chicago hotel with buttons for fifty different floors.

But not one for 13. Too unlucky. Not that it matters. The Gold Bug only has four floors anyway. Or so Horacio thinks. Until he follows Karina one night while she’s sleepwalking and discovers a button for 13 after all.

Karina already pushed it. And now the elevator’s going up. And up. And up. And where it stops, nobody knows.

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