Double Vision, by F.T. Bradley is ideal for boys ages 10-13, because they can relate to the main character, Lincoln Baker (Linc). He is a 12-year-old boy who likes to skateboard, to play video games, and possesses a tendency to get into enormous trouble. He is more intelligent than he thinks and has good instincts. In an attempt to help his family out of trouble he caused, Linc takes the place of a secret agent that he looks like. The adventure includes many gadgets designed by another boy, secret agents, codes, double agents and bad guys. The mission and his family are in trouble. And, he has to learn who he can trust.
This is an excellent book for boys who say they are not interested in reading. My son, who has a lot of trouble finding books he wants to read, let alone reading his school assignments, loved the book. He bought it from Barnes & Noble bookstore, and read it within 3 days. I read it to discover what caught his attention. We cannot wait until the next book in the 3-book series arrives in the bookstore.
According to the 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report published by Scholastic, “Reading enjoyment, importance, and frequency all decline with age, especially among boys.” That’s another great reason Double Vision is an excellent book. It appeals to boys at the age where enjoyment, importance, and frequency start to decline the most. Finding the first enjoyable book at that age can lead to wanting to find more.
The only down side to reading Double Vision was that my son was unable to use it for his Accelerated Reader requirement at school. It is so new that it has not been incorporated in to the program, which schools use to test students on the books they have read. In my son’s case, each trimester he is required to read 2 nonfiction and 2 fiction books. He was so happy with Double Vision that he did not mind that he had read a book he could not use for AR.