The Boy Who Could Not Die
By mid October people begin to delight in fright. The Boy Who Could Not Die, by William Sleator, is a creepy book that may be what those of you who enjoy eerie stories will find delightful. Ken, the main character, who is mourning the death of his best friend, becomes so obsessed with immortality that he visits a psychic who promises eternal life for a mere $50.00. What seems like a bargain turns out to be the worst deal he ever made. In exchange for his soul, Ken is able to escape death, but he discovers there are consequences. During his waking hours life is normal, but at night strange, violent dreams disturb his sleep. Ken begins to question if his nightmares are really confined to the world of sleep or if they are reality. With the help of a friend, Ken battles evil forces trying to retrieve his soul.
This book was recommended to me a few years ago by a student who claimed this was the best book he ever read. Although it is not the best book I have ever read, it is an engrossing tale of terror that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.