Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

(Book #1 of The Guardians)
Read by: Gerard Doyle
For Ages: 7 - 11
  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • ISBN 9781442348011 | 
  • October 2011 | 
  • Grades 2 - 6 | 
  • Lexile ® 850L
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Reading Group Guide

                         A Reading Group Guide to  

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare
King (
part of the Guardians series)

by William Joyce and Laura Geringer


Discussion Questions

1.  What does Ombric mean when he says, “To understand pretending is to conquer all barriers of time and space?” Is there any practical use for this saying in our own society? If so, who would use it and why? If not, why not?

2.  Ombric wanted a village that seemed impossible. Discuss with the group their image of an impossible village.
     
3.  What are some characteristics of a wizard? How does Ombric compare to the list?

4.  What are nightmares? Have your group members ever experienced one? What did they do to stop the nightmare? How do they make themselves feel safe at night? Does anyone use a night-light?

5.  One of the major themes in this story is good versus bad. Is there any such thing as absolute good or absolute bad? Are people born good or bad? Is goodness or badness something they learn?

6.  Pitch wants to capture the good dreams of innocent children and turn them into nightmares. How does one protect oneself from having a nightmare?

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About the Authors

William Joyce
photograph (c) Tony Reans

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, The Man in the MoonNicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Talk to William Joyce and look at upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.

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Laura Geringer

Laura Geringer is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children and young adults, including the celebrated A Three Hat Day illustrated by Arnold Lobel; Myth Men, a popular series of graphic novels based on the classic Greek myths; and Sign of the Qin, Book l of the Outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh series, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Boom, Boom Go Away illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. She serves on the National Advisory Board of First Book, a charity that has distributed over seventy million books to children in need. Laura lives in New York City.

 

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