Tag: Middle School Novel Study

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus is an incredible book about three middle school students who overcome many obstacles to “fit in.”   Thirteen-year-old Aven is an ordinary girl, almost. She was born without arms. Her loving stepparents encourage her to do everything on her own. When Aven is in kindergarten, she begins making …

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The Breadwinner Novel Teaching Ideas

The Breadwinner

If you haven’t read The Breadwinner novel, then you are in for a rare treat. This heartwarming story follows Parvana who lives in Afghanistan where the Taliban have recently taken over the country. They have taken away all women’s rights. Schools for girls are closed. Women lose their jobs. All females including teens must be accompanied …

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Activities

Hoot Novel Study

Read the touching and hilarious novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.  Roy Eberhardt teams with Beatrice and her brother, Mullet Fingers. They wish to stop Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House Corporation from building a pancake house on a vacant lot. The lot has become home to a group of endangered burrowing owls. The three scheme to prevent the …

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Fever 1793 Activities for Novel

Fever 1793

Fever 1793 is a fantastic historical novel. Amazon ranks it as a #1 best seller for teens for the United States Colonial & Revolutionary Period. With a 4.6 star rating with nearly 4,000 votes, many agree. Check out these great Fever 1793 activities. Fever 1793 Book Summary The story begins with an omen of the …

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Teaching Ideas for Ghost by Reynolds

Ghost

If you are looking for a book will a likable character that will make you laugh and cry, look no further. Ghost by Reynolds is a fantastic book! Throughout the story, the reader follows Castle ‘Ghost’ Crenshaw as he struggles with a mean dad, a school bully, doing what is right and wrong, and belonging.  Ghost …

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A Long Walk to Water Activities

A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on a true story. The book tells the stories of Nya who lives in Southern Sudan in 2008 and Salva who lived in Southern Sudan in 1985. Each chapter begins with Nya’s story and jumps to Salva’s story. A Long Walk to Water Book Summary Nya’s …

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Brian’s Winter Figurative Language

Brian's Winter

Brian’s Winter tells the story of what would have happened to Brian Robeson if the rescue plane had not come at the end of the book Hatchet. Author Gary Paulsen received hundreds of letters from readers who thought Brian had been rescued too soon. He should experience living in the Canadian wilderness during the winter months. Brian’s Winter is Paulsen’s …

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