Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham
My students complain that I don't have enough scary stories in my classroom library. I don't like scary and I'm quite picky about books I'm willing to promote. I checked out The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham a couple of summers ago, but didn't get around to reading it. When it won an award in our state, I decided to give it another try.
Teddy lives in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. He starts meeting other boys his age who disappear mysteriously. There's also a creepy tree in his neighborhood that's been drinking radioactive water.
There are elements to this story that are cleverly written. I wouldn't read this aloud to all my fourth graders, but students who love scary will love this book.
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