“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. HarperCollins Publishers, c. 2008.
Reading Level: 820L
Synopsis: Nobody Owens, also known as Bod, is not your average boy. He lives in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts. Although he is completely human, he has acquired the ability to fade. Bod encounters many adventures in the graveyard and even becomes best friends with a human named Scarlett. He knows that if he tries to leave this life, he will be faced with the man who killed his family, Jack.
Rationale for Use: Suspenseful, spooky, and funny. A book full of adventure with well-developed characters. Great illustrations in the chapters.
Content Area Connections: Halloween, prediction, ghosts, graveyards
Possible Problems or Concerns: May spark a sense of fear in the students. Some students may have never been to a graveyard before (unfamiliar territory).