Growing up and Unexpected Experiences in Creepy and Creative Novel for the Ya Audience
Fun and Entertaining Read for the YA Audience
Growing Up With Childhood Memories
Craig Davidson's The Saturday Night Ghost Club is an entertaining and creative read for teens and young adults. His characters might be similar to friends that teens and young adults have in their circle of friends. Readers will discover that the brain can be a powerful tool with its memories and growing up.
Jake Baker is a twelve-year-old who likes to hang around with his Uncle Calvin. Uncle Calvin likes to explore mysterious artifacts from the occult and he enjoys exploring conspiracy theories. Uncle Calvin introduces Jake and his new friends to the Saturday Night Ghost Club. The summer begins with adventures and many secrets that are uncovered through membership in the club. Imagination plays a huge role in what the teens uncover as they progress through the novel.
Davidson writes creatively as he alternates between Jake as a twelve-year-old and and adult neurosurgeon. His story defines what the memories that we have as children do to make the adult we become.
The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a page-turner and a fascinating read for young adults. Davidson combines the creepy with nostalgia in growing up.
The Saturday Night Ghost Club was published by Penguin Books and is recommended for ages 13-16. It has an ISBN of 9780143133933.
Entertaining books make a great Halloween gift. Put The Saturday Night Ghost Club in your teen's trick-or-treat bag this year.
Bring The Saturday Night Ghost Club Into the Classroom for Creative Activities
Chapter books that engage young teens in reading and creative writing are a great tool to use in language arts classes. The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a fun read for the week of Halloween to engage young teens in some creative reading and writing activities.
*Read a few chapters each day during the week of Halloween. Reading aloud to classmates improves reading skills.
*Take a class poll of young teens who enjoy scary stories. What are some favorites that students have.
*Call attention to the Jake as the 12-year-old boy and how the author portrays him as both the boy and the neurosurgeon that he grows up to be. How does the author switch back and forth through the book to show how Jake grew up?
*Assign a creative writing activity in which students remember a scary event when they were younger. How does this memory affect them now that they are older.
*Assign a creative writing activity for students to write their account of something that they might remember differently from another family member. Davidson portrays Jake as an adult who might not remember things in his childhood as they actually were.
*Call attention to the fact that Jake grows up to be a neurosurgeon. The brain is a fascinating tool. Engage students in a discussion of how they use their brain and how their brain can sometimes play tricks on their memory.
*Call attention to how the author alternates his character Jake as a boy and as an adult. Engage students in a discussion of how they might perceive themselves as a a later adult. Assign a creative writing activity in which students write about what they might be like as an adult in later years. What would be their favorite memories from childhood to take with them into adulthood?
*Assign a creative writing activity for students to describe their favorite creepy stories from Jake's Saturday Night Ghost Club. Why did they choose this particular creepy memory from the story?
*Take a class poll of their favorite character in The Saturday Night Ghost Club. Why do they like their chosen character?
*Take a class poll of students who would like to form their own ghost club and experience spooky stories.
*Engage students in a writing activity for them to write an account of their scariest memories. Do they think that they experience this memory accurately or do they think their memory of this event has been embellished as they get older?
*The author writes creatively about how our childhood memories can affect our adulthood. Engage students in a discussion of how they believe that their childhood memories will influence then as later adults.