14: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys we discuss the 2009 Newbery Medal winner The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This book is a little creepy, and a few of us were not sure about it at first. But we all ended up loving this book. Before we get into our book discussion, we take some time to discuss Matt de la Peña’s article “Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children from Darkness” and Kate DiCamillo’s response. We hope you enjoy this episode! Please send us your thoughts! We love to hear from our listeners!

Show Notes:

  • Team Friendship is moving to Guernsey! (Not really, but we want to)
  • Granddaughters may not be children, but they are still offspring.
  • Matt de la Peña is not really our friend, but we wish he were.
  • New Scholastic 20th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series with new cover illustrations by Brian Selznick = more of our money spent on Harry Potter merchandise.
  • Mandy doesn’t know how to pronounce Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Lauren doesn’t know how to abbreviate Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Kwame Alexander is AWESOME!
  • ALA YMA are coming soon!
  • We discuss Matt de la Peña’s article “Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children from Darkness” and Kate DiCamillo’s response.
  • Everyone needs to read Love by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long!
  • The importance of kids seeing themselves in children’s books.
  • We need some tissues during this part of the episode.
  • Leah finds a way to bring up Adam Driver during our discussion.
  • The importance of art. “Art puts our feelings into something we can see.” –Leah
  • More tissues!
  • Leah tells us how Neil Gaiman won both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal for The Graveyard Book.
  • Team Friendship is moving to Minneapolis now.
  • One of Neil’s favorite authors is Edgar Allen Poe…surprise, surprise.
  • Librarians are not babysitters.
  • Neil and Doctor Who
  • You are a good writer, Neil!
  • Leah is not a fan of the opening scene of this book.
  • Lauren loved the book so much that she listened to the audiobook version after reading the book.
  • “Spirits of the People”
  • Lauren brags about figuring out the mystery of Silas because she completely missed the revelation of Jack at the end of the book.
  • The sleer scene upsets Lauren so much she drops her notes.
  • Lauren makes a connection between the ghouls and The Two Towers.
  • We dig deep into the history of the Dance Macabre.
  • Lauren shares here crazy theory about the brotherhood of the Jacks.
  • We get a bit biblical.
  • Letting go of childhood
  • Life and Death
  • Is this book appropriate for kids?
  • “Life things”
  • Public school vs. Private school
  • Mandy shares some of her favorite quotes from the book.
  • Leah announces our next book.
  • We beg for some iTunes reviews.

Links related to this episode:

Amazon link to purchase The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – http://amzn.to/2BdEW3k

Amazon link to purchase Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – http://amzn.to/2GWqwVS

Amazon link to purchase The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser – http://amzn.to/2C0nfRA

Lauren’s review of The Vanderbeekers of 141st Streethttps://teamfriendshippodcast.com/2018/01/23/the-vanderbeekers-of-141st-street/

Amazon link to purchase The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows – http://amzn.to/2nHE9jH

Becoming Madeleine: a Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle In Time by Her Granddaughters https://www.madeleinelengle.com/books/melanges/becoming-madeleine-a-biography-of-the-author-of-a-wrinkle-in-time-by-her-granddaughters/

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have a new book coming soon – http://mattdelapena.com/carmela-full-of-wishes-press-release/

“Award-winning artist Brian Selznick will be illustrating seven new covers for Scholastic to celebrate 20 years since the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”  – http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/press-release/scholastic-publish-new-editions-celebrate-20th-anniversary-harry-potter-and-sorcerers-

Kwame Alexander to head new imprint for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/75946-hmh-taps-kwame-alexander-to-head-new-imprint.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=5aae2e2441-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-5aae2e2441-304466701

Katherine Applegate has a new book coming out soon – http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/2018/01/cover-reveal-endling-last-by-katherine.html

The American Library Association Youth Media Awards will be announced on February 12 – http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/presskits/youthmediaawards/alayouthmediaawards

“Affiliates Excited to Share Stage at ALA’s ‘Oscars'” – http://www.slj.com/2018/02/industry-news/affiliates-excited-share-stage-alas-oscars/

Matt de la Peña’s article – http://time.com/5093669/why-we-shouldnt-shield-children-from-darkness/?xid=homepage

Kate DiCamillo’s response – http://time.com/5099463/kate-dicamillo-kids-books-sad/

Matt de la Peña reads Love – https://www.facebook.com/matt.delapena.5/videos/10156780770815021/?fref=mentions

Neil Gaiman – http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Neil_Gaiman

Neil Gaiman on his writing journey for The Graveyard Bookhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eJW63DiZh4&feature=youtu.be

Neil Gaiman inside The Graveyard Bookhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1bISlZv220&feature=youtu.be

Colbert Report interview with Neil Gaiman – http://www.cc.com/video-clips/ck0fd5/the-colbert-report-neil-gaiman

Neil Gaiman: Three books that have changed his life – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpDl4RQuQYg&feature=youtu.be

Our personal contact info: 

Leah Clapp – https://www.instagram.com/leahranjel/

Mandalay Parkman – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalay/

Lauren Keen – https://twitter.com/Graciefirstborn

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Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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