Matthew Cheney, one of the finest bloggers on fantastic fiction, teaches 11th graders Literature. This year, he decided to make them read Neil Gaiman's American Gods. He blogs about the (mostly positive) results.
I was pretty surprised to read that American Gods is considered difficult reading for 17 year olds. Much of the literature I read in lit class was considerably harder, and I think it would be harder even if I wasn't used to reading fantastic fiction. Are Israeli readers reading matreial that's so far advanced compared to what Americans do, or is that the case with Israeli highschools as well nowadays? I wonder.