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Reading’s NOT for Wimps!

TB_MysteryoftheMississippiCoverI’m hanging out at Sherry Isaac’s blog today, sharing a story of empowerment through reading. Reading about Trixie Belden, the Maven of Moxie, that is.

If anyone ever tells you reading fiction is silly and a waste of time, just send them to Trixie Belden.

She’ll set them straight. Though probably by threatening them with seat-of-your-pants danger, and in-the-nick-of-time suspense. *Gasp!*

The girl is fearless, and Trixie’s moxie is catching. I’m living proof.  I wouldn’t have survived the 6th grade without her. But I’m not alone. Apparently learning from our fictional heroes is a common phenomenon, according to new research studies.

Your Brain on Fiction

Seriously, folks. Through studying the brain and its functions, science has proven that reading fiction is important for learning coping skills and social development.

A New York Times article, “Your Brain on Fiction”, by Annie Murphy Paul, brought to light studies that prove reading stories (fiction) can help us to make sense of a chaotic and confusing world, and teach us how to cope with complex social situations in positive ways.

It’s a terrific article. But I happened to learn all that from Trixie Belden, the adventurous high school sleuth, years ago … the summer before I entered the sixth grade.

So hop on over to Sherry’s blog for a little Psychological Sizzle, and a fun story about Trixie Belden, Maven of Moxie.

Who’s your favorite fictional hero?

Inquiring minds want to know!