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In her timely book, “The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do,” author Peg Tyrell writes that to help them gain confidence and enjoyment in reading, “boys need to see men reading.”

With this in mind, The Loft at Evanston Public Library invites fathers and their teenage sons for a discussion of “Red Kayak” by Priscilla Cunningham. “Red Kayak” is the story of 13-year-old Brady Parks. Hailed as a hero after rescuing a toddler, Brady makes a discovery that puts him at the heart of a horrifying tragedy. Alone with his dark secret, Brady is forced to choose between loyalty to his lifelong friends and doing what he knows in his heart is right. Ms. Cummings’s story is a suspenseful, multi-layered tale of three teenagers caught in a web of their own making.

This book group is a monthly opportunity for fathers (or guardians) and their sons aged 12-18 to bond through the act of reading, a chance for fathers to engage with young adult literature and to listen to their sons and for boys to gain an understanding of their dads. Register on the Library website,, or call the Loft at 847-448-8625 with questions, or to reserve the book.

Those who cannot attend in June may still come to the next meeting on July 15 to discuss Sharon Flake’s book, “Bang!,” the story of a 13-year-old boy whose father devises a harrowing initiation into manhood to protect him from the cruel realities of urban life.