I am teaching a student who is just like millions of other students out there. Boy. Intelligent. Fairly able. On target for Maths Science. Struggling with English. Doesn't read. Spends most of his life on his phone. Professional parents. Not a book in the house. He is in year 10 and doesn't seem to have progressed since year 6. He hasn't read Harry Potter or Roald Dahl. Obviously he is struggling with 19th century texts and Shakespeare because he lacks the basic building blocks. Most of today's 5 year olds seem to have a plethora of Julia Donaldson books and others. Most 7 year olds seem to have a good reading age and read a wide variety of books. Michael Morpugo seems to be popular. When does it all go wrong? When do they lose interest in reading? Why do they lose their interest in reading? I must admit I'm not over impressed with the rubbish available for teenagers today (generalized comment). More importantly, how am I supposed to fill in 3 or 4 years of missing literacy?? For example: if you haven't read Harry Potter and Matilda how can you recognize the stock characters in Jane Eyre's schooldays?? I, personally, cut my teeth on Mallory Towers and St. Clare's before moving on to Tom Brown's Schooldays, Jane Eyre and Dickens. p.s. last week I saw a male teenager in the local library looking for books to read - I think the breed is nearly extinct. Can it be saved?