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review 2019-01-19 04:34
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is on a 5.1 reading level (5th grade, 1st month of school). This story is about a toddler named Nobody who is raised by ghosts and other beings that live in the cemetery. Since most of the characters are introduced by their epitaph poem, this gives teachers an opportunity to study this type of poem with their class. From this point, students can write an epitaph for the remaining characters in the story, based off what they know about that character from the story. 

 

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review 2018-12-30 23:16
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens is raised in a cemetary after his family is murdered.  He was supposed to die that night but wandered away before the murderer caught him.  He is safe as long as he stays in the cemetary.  He can see the spirits of the graveyard's inhabitants.  He learns from them on the physical as well as spiritual side of life.  He grows.  He gets into trouble.  He needs Silas and the rest of the spirits and guardians of the graveyard. 
 
I enjoyed this book.  It is my favorite Neil Gaiman book so far.  I loved the characters and the story.  It was fun and different from much of my reading.  If I owned this book, it would be a keeper.
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review 2018-09-09 17:56
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book. Children's Edition - Neil Gaiman

This is a fiction horror novel about a boy who lives in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts. I would only read this to kids in 5th, or 6th grade because it is kind of scary and definitely has complex/mature themes including death and violence. If a 4th grader was mature enough and their parent allowed it, I would allow him or her to read it independently. I think Fountas & Pinnell would level it as a U or V which would be 5th grade. When I read it for the first time in 5th grade it scared me, but I read it again in my children's literature class and it still gave me the creeps! I would definitely have to send home a permission slip before I read this to a class.

An activity could be to have kids decorate their own headstones around Halloween. This sounds super creepy, but I would want them to describe themselves with strong adjectives or to write a short poem to be printed on their head stones. I would hang these on the door around Halloween.

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review 2018-09-07 18:46
Who is Nobody?
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Nobody (Bod) Owens, was raised by ghosts after his parents were killed by the man Jack. He was granted Freedom of the the Graveyard in order to blend in with his surroundings. As Bod gets older, he becomes interested in being educated outside of the graveyard which inevitably makes him noticeable. He battles ghouls, bullies, and naturally curious nature to eventually make peace with who he is and who he has for a family.  I would use this book during language arts. I feel that it would give students the opportunity to discuss their imagination that is typically suppressed as they grow. There are plenty of areas in the book for students to share their view on family and how would their lives be different if they grew up like Bod. The Lexile Measure is 820L.

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review 2018-08-29 16:51
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book follows Nobody Owens, Bod for short, as he explores his home in a graveyard. Readers join Bod on many adventures throughout his life from escaping the Indigo Man and the ghoul-gate, as well as finding out the truth about his true identity. Bod is safe in the graveyard from the dangers of the outside world, as well as from the man named Jack who killed his family prior to Bod's arrival at the graveyard. The book includes many paranormal characters that encourage student engagement. 

 

I was skeptical when I saw the book on the required reading list for children's literature course but I ended up enjoying the reading. The book is mysterious and thrilling that students enjoy and keep them engaged. There are many different subjects that can be integrated into the reading such as science and social studies. At the end of chapter 3, Mrs. Lupescu identifies different constellations in the sky. After reading chapter 3 of the book, I would have my students, as a group, research the different constellations and do an oral report. 

 

AR Level: 5.1

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