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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