About half of the students in my morning class are currently obsessed with Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman. My ARC has been passed around and 10 of my students purchased their own copy at the recent Scholastic book sale. In fact, the PTA had to order additional copies once my class bought all of them out! Needless to say, Patrick Carman’s ghost story is a hit. They are raving about this one!
Reading a book that melds the written word and the digital world has made our reading time interesting and a little different than I am used to. At first, I was worried about having students view the videos in school, afraid that it would disrupt their classmates’ reading. I began by allowing one student on the computer at a time, wearing headphones, to view the videos as they reached them in the book. Soon enough, I had a student on each computer, each watching a different video. It has workedout great! The kids absolutely love the book and I love that Skeleton Creek has brought the 21st century into our daily reading time.
The videos also serve as hooks for some of my more dormant readers. They can’t help but be intrigued by the shaky camera work, the creepy noises, and the whole setup of the video entries. I see them as they watch the videos over the back of a classmate, pretending they aren’t eaveswatching. With no sound (the reader has headphones on), they become even more intrigued. Inevitably, they begin talking to their classmates about the book and soon enough add their name to the waiting list for our classroom copy. It’s happened more than once!
Reviews have been positive across the board from the students who have completed the book. They can’t wait for the second book to come out and are thrilled that Skeleton Creek won’t be a standalone title. I even have a few who are beginning to explore www.skeletoncreekisreal.com in the meantime!