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[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion on Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

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Welcome, boys and girls, to our virtual discussion on Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for our GatheringReaders Book Club.


I only have five questions here for you. Please share your responses in the Comments section.

  1. Were you able to get your copy of the book? Since the book is a recently published one and our Public Library still does not have it, I’m interested to find out how you got your own copies of the book.
  2. How are you finding the book so far?
  3. For those who have read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman during our GatheringReaders book club session last year (September 2012)how different is The Ocean at the End of the Lane? Which one do you like better?
  4. Describe Lettie Hempstock. What do you think makes her different from other 12 year old girls?
  5. What did you think the book was about?

That’s it! Looking forward to reading your responses.

If you’ve read the book and would like to be part of our discussion, please feel free to write your thoughts in the Comments section.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

8 comments on “[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion on Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

  1. Myka Bacsal

    1. Yes, i have been able to get a copy of the book.
    2. I find it a bit creepy
    3. I think that the Ocean At The End Of The Lane has a bit more of an eerie side than The Graveyard Book, but i like them both
    4.Lettie Hempstock is different is that she was always twelve, she never grows older, she was always twelve.
    5. I think the book is about a man trying to remember if his past was real or not, since his past was quite magical and creepy.


  2. 1.we got a book as well
    2 .I find it creepy, though it is a good book
    3.I did not read the graveyard book
    4.Lettie Hempstock is different for she is always twelve
    5. a man wanting to remember his past life


  3. 1. We bought a copy of The Ocean At The End of The Lane
    2. It was quite creepy
    3. They were both eerie I could not tell you witch one I like better I liked them both
    4. Lettie Hempstock is not like other girls because instead of wearing pink and frills she wears dungarees and golashes she is more like a boy than a girl
    5. I thought that the book was about a man who is trying to figure out how much of his childhood was a reality than imagination.


  4. 1.i got the copy from the library
    2.i find it exciting
    3.i did not read the books
    4.her bravery and willingness to sacrifice herself for a friend
    5.a man reflecting about his childhood


  5. 1. My mom renewed the book but it was not in time… …
    2. It was scary, especially the descriptions
    3. I did not read the book… …
    4. She had a wild imagination and is always at the boy’s aid. She also sacrificed her life for the boy.
    5. It was a man recalling about what Lettie did and the ‘ocean’ with all his memories as a child.


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