Friday, January 18, 2013


Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you today! I’m Lisa Orchard, the author of the Super Spies series and today I’d like to talk about Motivation.

I think having hopes and dreams is a very essential part of happiness. These goals are the motivation that gets us out of bed in the morning. Wouldn’t you agree? J

As I look back on my life I realize my happiest times were when I was pursuing a goal.  When I was a teen, I wanted to be a detective. That’s right; I wanted to be Nancy Drew. J

So, I got my friends together, we formed our own detective squad, and started detecting. We had the time of our lives! It was awesome! Not only were we occupied for hours on end, but we stayed out of trouble… for the most part. J

As I look back, I realized why I had so much fun.  It was because I was chasing a dream and it was my dream not my parent’s, or my teacher’s, or my coaches; it was mine and mine alone…along with my friends.  I feel this is an important distinction when it comes to motivation.

And maybe that’s why there are so many problems in our educational system today. We have reluctant readers and kids who don’t want to go to school. I have to wonder why? I loved school when I was a kid and even though I had a hard time getting up in the morning, J I was excited about learning.

When I thought about why our young people don’t seem motivated to learn, I had to ask why. And then it hit me. It’s the way our educational system is designed. J When my kids go to school they have to learn what the teacher or the state chooses to teach them. So, if they’re learning about a subject that doesn’t interest them, their motivation goes right out the window.

 I say let’s give our kids choices especially when it comes to reading. Why can’t our kids choose the books they want to read? The goal is to get them reading, right? Why not let them read the books that interest them? I think this would solve the motivational problem with some of our reluctant readers.

I know what you’re thinking? That’s kind of unrealistic. I mean we can’t provide different books for every kid.  Really?   Here’s my solution to the problem. You knew I had one didn’t you? (wink).

Let’s provide all the students with e-readers. I know you’re laughing right now but let’s just think about this for a second.

If each student had an e-reader they would have a virtual library at their fingertips. With all the e-book choices out there I’m sure even the most reluctant reader would find a story he’s interested in reading.

I know you’re worried about the cost, right? Well…e-readers are expensive that’s true, but have you checked out the price difference between paperbacks and e-books lately? I bet the savings between the two book formats would offset the cost of the e-readers very quickly.

And now that we’re talking about cost, why don’t we put text books in e-book format. Think of the huge savings there!

So there you have it in a nutshell, my solution to the motivational problems for our reluctant readers. I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any ideas that would help ignite a young mind please share. And while you’re at it, check out my books.

I’ve got two available in my Super Spies series and I’ve been told that young readers have a hard time putting them down. J  They’re written for the Upper Middle Grade/ Young Adult market.  The covers and blurbs are below.

The first book in the series is on sale on Amazon for $.99! Check it out!


This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…



This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

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“The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”


“The Super Spies and the High School Bomber”









Lionel said...

I love this idea. I contend that developing and fostering a life long love or reading consists of many things. In the absence of this however, one must look for solutions and I love yours. Children are much more inclined to read if it is something that interests them. The enormous virtual library should provide them with something that interests them. In addition kids today are so into technology, I believe having their own ereader would be very exciting for them and give them a sense of pride, leading to simple discussions, like, "what's in you ereader?" or "what are you reading?" All things that encourage reading. Great idea and I also agree with the idea that the initial upfront costs would be recouped over a very short period of time.

Paul R. Hewlett

Lisa Orchard said...

Thanks for stopping by Paul! I'm glad to see you like my idea! Now to get these e-readers into the schools! That's the next step! :)

Sara Stinson said...

This is a great idea!
I am a retired teacher. I continue to teach by substituting. Your idea is coming to life! Several of the upper grade teachers are using devices to read in their classrooms. Maybe the idea will continue and carry over into the younger grades.
Last year, we had a thirty minute silent reading time for all students. Every person on campus had to read during this time. You could choose what you wanted to read. Many students enjoyed this time.
Your idea is wonderful! I believe with continued positive support it may just happen!
Sara Stinson

Lisa Orchard said...

Thanks for stopping by Sara! I'm so glad my idea is coming to life! I would love it if kids enjoyed school more! :)