I am enjoying filling in for the media specialist at Council Middle School. I have taken full advantage of this opportunity by reading several of the newest fictional works for young adults. Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” was awarded the Newberry Medal and is on its way to becoming a classic.
The book is a 5th – 7th grade level read. It is part of the Accelerated Reader program and is worth 10 AR points.
*Please note this is not a “scary” book. It is set in a graveyard and features imaginary characters, but I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it!
Here is a little of what Monica Edinger of the New York Times had to say about the book:
The story opens with a pretty terrifying situation: a man has slaughtered a family in the middle of the night, all save a toddler who escapes unnoticed, walking out the front door and away from the mayhem. (Parents may worry about the violence, but they shouldn’t. The action isn’t described, and the fourth-grade class I read the book to had no problem whatsoever.)
Up the hill trots the toddler, to a graveyard full of ghosts who take him in. The tone shifts elegantly from horror to suspense to domesticity, and by the end of the first chapter Gaiman has established the graveyard as the story’s center. Within its reassuringly locked gates, the boy finds a safe and cozy place to grow up. Among the dead are teachers, workers, wealthy prigs, romantics, pragmatists and even a few children — a village ready to raise a living child.