Teaching Children's Literature

“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

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).

~GinaMarie Gambella

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This entry was posted on November 24, 2012 by in Chapter Books.

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