Poll Question: Should Christian teens read books about characters of spritually questionable origin?
- Maybe. Mature kids can discern the truth without being spiritually compromised. Other kids aren’t ready. (4 votes)
- Yes. Reading about a vampire doesn’t do any harm. It’s just fantasy! (2 votes)
- No way. The origin of vampires isn’t “questionable.” It’s evil. Don’t even go there. (2 votes)
I’ll be honest– this is a tricky one for me. When I began this blog and posted my first poll, a friend left several comments on my facebook account about teen fiction and what it should and should not contain and she said two very key words: age-appropriate. (maybe that’s technically one word, hyphenated…)
I think there’s something to that. Absolutely. In the case of Neil Gaiman’s book, we’re talking about a story set in a graveyard with a small child as a character. (I’m … Continue reading
The Graveyard Book
Published September 30, 2008
They say it takes a town to raise a child. Or in this case, a graveyard.
After his family are murdered by a stranger named Jack, a toddler escapes to a graveyard where he is adopted by a pair of ghosts who name him Nobody. A vampire speaks up as Bod’s guardian, eventually sharing this responsibility with a werewolf. Bod befriends other ghost children and even a witch buried on unconsecrated ground near the graveyard. But the mysterious man who murdered his family still seeks him and intends to finish the task he … Continue reading
If you are a parent of a teen and have escaped the Twilight craze and the Harry Potter boom, you are probably in the minority. This week, and for many weeks past, vampires dominate the young adult bestseller lists, as Harry Potter did before them. Also not long ago, the Newberry Award was given to Neil Gaiman for his middle grade novel The Graveyard Book, a story about a young boy on the run from a killer, raised by ghosts and other beings in a graveyard. Is this bad news for Believers?
Some say no. After all, we read the Narnia chronicles, which have many connections to Greek mythology. Tolkein’s Gandalf is a wizard. Is that so different from Rowling’s characters?
To others, Rowling and Lewis aren’t … Continue reading