*Chapter book for 8 to 12 year olds–not sure–it could scare some younger kids? Maybe if it was read aloud with an adult and discussed, it could be okay.
*Boys as main characters
*Rating: A Voice in the Night has a lot of mystery and suspense surrounding the lives of three boys. There’s also a good lesson in the book. There’s a lot of narrative and description, which may bog down the pace for some young readers.
Short, short summary: This is the story of three boys with different family lives: Brian, Josh, and Thomas. The story revolves around one night when they are in a cabin in the woods and hear someone frantically knocking at the door (in the middle of a storm) and asking to be let in. Besides this incident, there’s also an incident where one of the boys is accused of stealing. And there’s also a mysterious man that appears around town. So, there’s a lot going to on to keep a child’s interest and keep them predicting what might be happening.
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So, what do I do with this book?
1. A great discussion to go with this book is talking about the character being accused of stealing and why he was. What do children think about that? Why did it happen? What can they do to help situations like this?
2. A great journal writing prompt would be: What would you do if you heard someone knocking on the door in the middle of the night saying, “Open up!” ? Would you open the door? Why or why not? Do this journal writing prompt before finishing the book (maybe even after the first chapter).
3. Have children pretend they are one of the boys and write a letter to someone, pretending to be that character. They can describe what happened in the book in the words of the character. This is a fun way to “test” comprehension.