|AUTHOR: P.J. Night|
PUBLISHER: Simon Spotlight
NUMBER IN SERIES: 20 (as of July 2015)
GRADE LEVELS: 5-9
READALIKES: Goosebmps (Stine); Tales for the Midnight Hour (Stamper); Saranormal series (Rivers)
At first, the series didn't really move much in my library. After a couple of weeks, I booktalked it. Though I hadn't personally read the series, I showed some of the covers and talked about the blurbs. I compared it to Stine's Goosebumps series, which is endlessly popular, no matter what school or grade level I work with.
After a few booktalks, it wasn't long before all 16 books were checked out, with hold requests. The books remained extremely popular for the remainder of the school year, about two months from when I first booktalked them. I can't wait to introduce this series to my incoming sixth graders this fall! I will also reintroduce the series with seventh and eighth graders early in the school year. I know there were students whose holds were not filled before the summer holidays.
TIPS FOR BOOKTALKING THIS SERIES: I am a big proponent of booktalking a wide variety of titles, even if you haven't read them. It does take some getting-used to, but if you only booktalk books you have read, your students are missing out on great titles that you haven't read. The truth is, you can't read everything in your library. Some tips for booktalking this series:
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