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text 2017-03-28 23:45
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book tells the story of a little boy named Nobody Owens, or “Bod” for short, who was not raised under normal circumstances. After wandering from his crib in the middle of the night as a baby, he unknowingly escapes from a murderer in his house. The murderer is still on the loose throughout the course of the novel, and he is in search of Bod. While he is growing up, he is raised in a graveyard by ghosts who educate him on how to protect himself from the man who is out to kill him. You may be thinking by this point: why would anyone consider this to be a children’s book? Surprisingly enough, the book is an amazing story for young readers! Bod demonstrates courage throughout the novel, never allowing the man who wants to kill him to succeed with the job. The book’s Lexile reading level is 820L, and it is recommended to be read by students in higher grades like fourth and fifth grade. In my classroom, I would want students to form book groups to read the novel. I would want each student in the group to have a job to do with the book, and each group would get to engage in their own discussions about what they think. I would also want the students to analyze how Gaiman appeals to his reader’s senses through his strategic use of imagery.

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review 2016-11-04 03:15
My Review of The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses - K.N. Smith

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith is an interesting story about five teenage boys that have mysteriously developed extremely heightened senses. Upon realizing they have these abilities, they become, more or less, vigilantes for the neighboring town of Sandry Lake. This story is full of mystery and adventure, with a bit of paranormal. I was intrigued by the premise of this story. It definitely held my interest from beginning to end. I won this book in a blog giveaway, and all opinions are my own.

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review 2015-12-08 04:37
Did I read the same book as some of the other reviewers??
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses - K.N. Smith

I was very disappointed in this book. After seeing all of these 5 star reviews I was expecting a fantastic story which is why I had to ask myself after reading it, did we really read the same book?? I know what I read was not a 5 star book- not even close!

 

First off, the author starts off writing in this poetic flowery prose that's just awful. This is suppose to be a YA book, not literary fiction for adults. She uses this flowery prose along with way too many unnecessary words to try and describe the city this book is set in and the people in it and it's too much and most of it doesn't even make sense. I didn't get any feeling whatsoever for the setting and people at all. The book then switches to a style of writing more appropriate for children but with snatches of this poetic prose throughout which makes it choppy and hard to read. If it'a a YA book, it needs to be written for a YA audience.

 

Secondly, I didn't think the story was very realistic at all. These 5 high school boys are basically driven to be vigilantes by some outside energy source that they were struck with. So they leave their house "every"  night around midnight to go to the next city over to fight ruffians and criminals then they sneak back in and go to school in the morning. Ok so that might happen if I really use my imagination however one of the kids is stabbed with a knife and so they end up having to tell their parents about it and the parents are just ok with it! So now they don't have to sneak out. All of the parents support and encourage the kids to go hunt thugs at night even knowing that they might be stabbed or get the hell beat out of them. I'm sorry but never in a million years would parents really agree to that. The story is just not believable at all.

 

Lastly, the premise of the story is suppose to be about the boys discovering their five senses but there isn't a lot of focus on the senses at all. You're never really given a clear understanding of what their new enheightend senses are and what they actually do. There isn't much focus on the event where they acquired them either.  I think a lot more could have been done with that but the senses are just kind of skimmed over.

 

So with that said, I'm not sure where all of those 5 star reviews on Goodreads came from. I noticed the same reviewers and ratings are also posted on the author K.N. Smith's website but in my opinion, this was definitely not a 5 star book. From the ending, I also got the feeling that there might even be another book forthcoming but I will not be continuing the series. 

 

*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Two Petals Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

 

**On a side note, I'm a little confused about who wrote this book. K.N. Smith, a female, is the author on the copy I received from NetGalley but the Booklikes database has the author listed as someone else entirely, a Peter K. Smith with a different 'female ' name (K.D. Smith), picture (www.booklikes.com/peter-k-smith/author,174508) and website (www.kdsmithauthor.com) then that on Goodreads and K.N. Smith's website (www.knsmith.com/author). ???

 

 

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text 2014-05-01 11:49
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