by Cynthia DeFelice

Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice

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Book Information

Publication Date: October 1, 1991

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 870L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level U

Interest Level: Grade Level: 4 - 7; Age Range: 8 - 12 years

Major Awards: 1992 Black-Eyed Susan Award -- Grades 6-9 (Nominee)

Number of Pages: 128 pages

Approximate Word Count: 22,620 words -- The average reader will spend 1 hours and 30 minutes reading Weasel at 250 words per minute.*

Audible Book Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins

Book Themes: Revenge, Guilt, Family

Genre: Historical Fiction

Setting: Ohio 1839

Important Quote: “Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.”

First Line: The dogs were dozing in their usual places by the fire whtn the knock came

Point of View: First Person through Nathan

*Estimate from Reading Length

Links to Resources and Teaching Ideas


Weasel begins with a great opening line, The dogs were dozing in their usual places by the fire when the knock came."

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