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Summary: This nonfiction novel shares the author's experience in trying to determine if there is, in fact, an afterlife. Throughout her trip, Ms. Roach works through different theories on how ghosts can exist and is trying to find evidence to disprove or confirm the existence of ghosts and spirits. This s a nonfiction book that is part journal, part model of the scientific method in action.
Type of Reading: read aloud book, independent reading
Recommended Age: read togther: 12 and Up; read yourself: 13 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Spook isn't a boring book that just lists facts, it's actually a wonderfully hilarious adventure. On one page you could have chills running down your back but on the next page you could be laughing until tears come to your eyes.
Mary Roach's expressive and comical writing style give this book a 10 out of 10. This is as good as Stiff. This novel will be perfect for students in high school and older. For some readers, the vocabulary may be difficult and the humor too subtle. Overall, Spook is a fantastic novel that you'll have a great time reading.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: This is nonfiction at its best! This is part novel, part travelogue, part scientific notebook.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is not a book you're likely to come back to more than once or twice.
Educational Themes: Roach's style of writing gives readers insight into the scientific method and critical thinking. This would be an excellent choice for opening discussions of personal belief v. scientific proof
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, young adult
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2014
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