Smiler’s Bones Book Talk

Greetings everyone,

After several takes, I think I have it done.  You can view my book talk at:

Smiler's Bones

Lerangis, P (2005) Smiler’s Bones. Scholastic Inc. New York, NY

Author’s Homepage

Peter Lerangis’s home page is call Peter Lerangis and it can be found at:

His awards or nominee for this book include:

  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
  • Bank Street Best Books of 2006
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Recommended
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
  • ALA Notable Books for Children Nominee


Places where you can professional reviews of his work can be found from his homepage.  Here is the link:

He includes reviews from:

  • Kirkus, 3/15/05, Vol. 73, No. 6, p. 354:
  • School Library Journal, 6/1/05, p. 161:
  • Booklist, 4/1/05, Vol. 101, No. 15, p. 1354:
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, June 2005, Vol. 58, No. 10, p. 446
  • Kliatt, 5/1/05, Vol. 39, No. 3, p. 15
  • English), Summer 2005:
  • VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), Vol. 28, No. 3, 8/1/05
  • Hornbook Guide to Children, January 01, 2006:
  • 2006:
  • The Trinidad Guardian, October 12, 2009:
  • ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, of the National Council of Teachers of
  • Canadian Review of Materials, University of Manitoba, Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 29,

Teacher’s Guide

I could not find a teacher’s guide on scholastic or on Peter Lerangis website.  There are teacher guides for his other books.

Book Availability

There is one left in paperback at  Barnes and Noble has a hardcopy of the book. Scholastic has the book in hardcover or paperback.  Currently, EBay also has a copy of the book.

Secondary Reading Instruction Connections

There are several connections that could be made.

Social Studies:

  • This story is based on actual facts.  Students could find actual facts on Robert Perry, Smiler, and Minik. 
  • Students could also discuss or debate the ethics of bringing a person from another country and parading the person as if they are an object to be displayed. 
  • Students could also compare and contrast different cultural rituals for death and burial.

Language Arts:

  • Students could write a story about themselves being taken to an alien plant and what their experience would be like.
  • Students could be a newspaper journalist and write a story on Minik.


  • Students could talk about the types of rocks that the Inuit used for tools.  Here is a link about the rocks that were mentioned in the book:
  • Students could compare and contrast different types of stones for tools that the Inuit used and modern tools of today.
  • Students could look at the current process of taking a dead animal and turning it into a museum piece. 
  • If you are in the local area Freeland Middle School has an excellent bird collection that is open to the public.


  • Students could construct their own igloo if it was winter time.
  • Students could design the floor plan for the Museum.


  • Student could design a poster for the New York Museum of Natural History
  • Students could look at the designs of the Greenland Inuit and make carvings


  • Students could listen to the throat songs of the Inuit and compare it to music instruments.
  • Students could compare and contrast traditional Inuit music to modern Inuit music.

 I hope that you check this book out. 

-Mrs. Berry


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