Category: The Graveyard Book

Winning the Newbery Medal: What Does it Take?

Newbery Medal winners are generally destined for a long shelf life, heaps of attention from libraries, teachers, and parents, and are often deserving of the lauds and acclaims. What does it take to write a Newbery Medal winner? Well, you can take a peek… Continue Reading “Winning the Newbery Medal: What Does it Take?”

Thursday Reviews!: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (A Mentor Review!)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars British authors must have some kind of secret to writing scrappy orphan stories. Not being opposed to books that start with a creepy man breaking into a house, murdering the family who… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews!: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (A Mentor Review!)”

How to Avoid Being Too Dark?

On Monday, while discussing young adult literature, I utilized a ‘bedroom’ dark metaphor. The argument being that you can see in the dark if there is some light trickling in. In my opinion, all young adult literature – all good young adult literature –… Continue Reading “How to Avoid Being Too Dark?”

Seeing in the Dark: The YA Novel in General and The Graveyard Book in Particular

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal took a series of hits for this article by Meghan Cox Gurdon. Her argument is that Young Adult Literature is DARK: “Darker than when you were a child, my dear: So dark that kidnapping and pederasty and… Continue Reading “Seeing in the Dark: The YA Novel in General and The Graveyard Book in Particular”

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