76 pages 2 hours read

Mary Downing Hahn

All The Lovely Bad Ones

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2008

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Paired Texts & Other Resources

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How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

  • a middle-grade novel about a young Choctaw on the Trail of Tears
  • shares the theme of Good Versus Bad and Evil
  • contrasts with All the Lovely Bad Ones regarding the ghosts’ agency and intentions
  • How I Became a Ghost on SuperSummary

“The Stolen Party” by Liliana Heker

  • a brief short story appropriate for middle grade students about a girl confronted with class prejudice at a birthday party
  • shares the theme of The Injustice of Class Disparities

“The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen

  • a song that alludes to Steinbeck’s Tom Joad character as it critiques The Injustice of Class Disparities
  • contrasts with actions of ghosts in All the Lovely Bad Ones
  • Springsteen performs the song in this 4-minute video.

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