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Mystery, Ghosts, and Spooky New Novel for the Ya Audience With a Life Lesson in Learning That Different Can Be Ok

Updated on October 16, 2019
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

A Spooky Good Read for Halloween

A great choice for young readers ages 8-12 for Halloween gifting.  Enjoy a spooky ride in a ship of bones.
A great choice for young readers ages 8-12 for Halloween gifting. Enjoy a spooky ride in a ship of bones. | Source

A Magical Trip to the City of Ghosts

Andres Prentice's new novel for the YA audience, Ghost and Bone, is a perfect read for upcoming Halloween gifting. The adventures are fast-paced, and full of spooky fun. How would you like to ride a ship made of bones into a city of ghosts that no human has ever traveled to? The subject of an afterlife is one that a parent might want to preview before giving this book to young readers ages 8-12. Older middle-grade children will find the adventures to be a lot of fun for Halloween reading.

Oscar feels like an outsider in his school. He dresses in black and he has always had pale skin. He has always wanted to fit in, but it just has not happened. He hopes that one day he might not be an outsider anymore.

Oscar's mom works in a funeral home and is responsible for making people look better for their trip to the afterlife. Oscar is accustomed to viewing his mom's work and he discovers that he has a special curse. He is able to touch something that is alive and the object then dies. He also discovers that he can turn himself into a ghost. His adventures begin when two ghosts appear at his home in a carriage made of bones..Oscar takes the trip into the city of ghosts and more adventures await him.

Ghost and Bone is the perfect read for fans of fantasy. Each chapter is fast-paced and young readers will find this exciting adventure story to be a page-turner. Ghost and Bone was published by Delacorte Press, a division of Random House Children's Books. It has an ISBN of 978-0-525-64394-4.

Creative Activities for the Classroom in This Halloween Season

Andres Prentice's Ghost and Bone is a fun read for middle grade students and offers several ideas for creative activities for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Teachers will want to give parents the opportunity to preview the book and give permission for their children to read it if you are going to use it in your classroom. I see it as a fun read for older students who like fantasy and have the necessary understanding that this is fantasy. Creative writing activities will enhance the experience after reading Ghost and Bone.

*Chapter books are always popular students in the middle grades. Read a few chapters each day for students to share the reading experience.

*Allow students to express their ideas about an afterlife. Take a class poll of students who might believe in ghosts. Are there any students who feel that they have actually experienced a ghostly encounter?

*Assign a creative writing activity for students to write about a ghostly encounter.

*Assign a creative writing activity for students to write their own adventure as a ghost if they had the opportunity to turn into a ghost like the character Oscar.

*Take a class poll of students who would like to have the opportunity to turn themselves into a ghost.

*Brainstorm in a group writing activity for students to express their ideas about how they think that a city of ghosts would appear.

*Oscar gains an new friend iin Sally when he begins to share his "curse" with her. He discovers that she does not think that he is "weird" and actually likes to listen to him. Sally draws him out with details of what he perceives as his "curse" of being different. Engage your students in a group discussion of how Oscar begins to feel after he discovers that Sally accepts him.

*Engage students in a class discussion of how they can accept other students who they feel are different. Ghost and Bone can be used as a catylyst for an anti-bullying campaign in your school.

*Engage sudents in a discussion of the final page when Oscar learns that he can go back to school in the fall after summer vacation and feel ok about himself. How do they feel about what Oscar learns about himself?

© 2019 Cindy Hewitt


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