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Whispers in the Graveyard
by Theresa Breslin (more about Theresa Breslin) 162/110 first published 1995
Horror & Ghosts for ages 9 to 14 published by Mammoth
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Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
Solomon is a very angry young boy, but can he find the strength to fight a terrible evil which is loose in the graveyard?
What happens?
Everyone has failed Solomon, his mother has left him, his teachers are bullies and his father is a drunk. When things get too much he takes refuge in the Kirkyard, in a hidden corner where nothing grows and nobody else walks. When workmen come to move the graves they dig up the rowan tree, the only thing which has ever grown at that end of the kirkyard. As it dies a terrible force is unleashed, a force that wants revenge on mankind.
Is it easy to read?
This book should be in every class library. It is accessible to most children and should be talked about by children and their teachers. A very useful book on the issues of dyslexia, bullying and the break down of family life. A good suggestion to boys who are finding it difficult to choose a book.
Anything else?
Won the Library Association Carnegie Book Award 1994. This is an incredibly well written story. The plot is succinct and well paced. Breslin never wastes words, we are spun quickly into the painful world of Solomon. A dyslexic boy who has suffered terrible humilities for years, from the very people who were supposed to care for him. Parts of this story are so poignant that they made me want to weep, I felt so keenly the terrible suffering Solomon had endured. The addition of the horror element of the story adds whole new dimensions and shows another side to the hero of the story.
Other books by Theresa Breslin include Across the Roman Wall, Dream Master Nightmare!.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Winner of the 1994 Carnegie Medal this book features Solomon who is dyslexic and cannot bear his school or his home. He takes refuge in a churchyard where there is a rowan tree which, when uprooted by workmen, releases a force that seems intent on vengeance for events centuries past.
And what do you think?
Chris Day, St. Andrews School, Eastbourne
Excellent, superb atmosphere and very spooky. One not to read on a stormy night. Good in many ways. I think Solomon is a different type of character which you don't normally find which is great.
matt, penrith
I hated the book it was a load of rubbish
Michael Morpurgo, The Guardian.
Totally Convincing..... Gripping to the last.
tom, ullswater
the book was good but a bit boring at time. the characters were well written so were the experiences. we have done a lot of work on this
Tony Bradman, daily Telegraph.
a terrific read....
Noni Nosh, London
I don't think the book is very good. It is just a boring load of rubbish!
nadine, chis "n" sid
i thought the book was a bit dull at first but you have to read on to get into it i think it helps dyslexic children to reolize they arwen"t the only ones i"m 13 and we read it in class the down side to reading it were the endless amonts of essays to do s More...
Dale, Ridgeway
I thought the book was rubbish when my teacher was reading it. I almost fell asleep. For homework now I have to write a book review about it - how boring!
Louise, Richmond C of E Primary School
This is the most boring book in the world. All it was was the boy hearing whispering in the graveyard. I got to the end and thought no point reading it because the author is stupid and I hate her.
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