I Read YA Week – Sunday Challenge

It’s Sunday! And today’s challenge is :  Acknowledge a YA book you believe should be taught in high schools

I think I’d have to suggest The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

I think this really needs to be taught in English classes. The writing is so beautiful and it’s just a great story about what makes us human and the darkness within all of us. I really appreciated this book when I read it, and I would LOVE to see this book taught in schools.



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