||Who's underachieving now? Yes, boys. Who says and why? -- The literacy link: why reading and writing skills are key -- Math, science, and underachievement: making the difference -- What holds smart kids back? Physical issues -- Dads and other alpha males: the role model factor at home -- School shortcomings: what parents can do -- Wise guys: the importance of mentors -- Real boys read: what and how do they want to read? -- Real boys write: making it happen, making it fun and effective -- Real boys talk: winning with words -- School's out: transitions to adulthood.