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Friday Special: Gone Fishing

(Note from Amy: Well, we experienced a little computer blip this morning when Jeremy's Friday Round-Up mysteriously disapeared into the netherworld of computer-land. It was a good one, too! Filled with Daniel Pinkwater on Car Talk and other fun and interesting tidbits that Jeremy's so good at finding. So, we reached into our secret vault and found this never-been-shared post. It does seem appropriate. To explain it technically, Jeremy's origial post "went fishing." Thanks for visiting the Kid Lit Kit and have a great weekend!)

Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers
Written and illustrated by David McLimans
Walker & Company
Age Range: 4-8 yrs
Publication Date: October 2008

Gone_fishing_4 Gone_wild_3 Hey folks. It's nearly summer! Well, no, but it does feel just a little bit like spring today. It makes it possible to believe it will be warm again someday. In keeping with the summrey theme, I chose David McLimans’ Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers.  You may remember his previous Caldecott Honor book, my silver medal segue, Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet.


Gone Fishing is illustrated in black, blue and white, a palette that fits beautifully with the ocean themed illustrations.  Mr. McLimans leads the reader through the numbers one through 10, pauses for some ocean facts, and then counts back down from 10. Students with a keen eye will pick up on the color scheme changing from black and white on blue to blue and white on black.

It’s worth noting that along with listing information about the various sea creatures, the author has gathered some pretty revealing facts about the way we mistreat oceans.

•    Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds every year.

•    There are 220,000 pounds of garbage swirling out in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and it is growing every year.

•    About 10 million shipping containers arrive in the United States each year. Worldwide, about 10,000 containers fall overboard each year.

But readers need not despair; a list of Web sites that help the oceans finishes off the book. What a great way to inform and empower readers!

For a quick activity, make copies of the small animals as they appear in the sidebars and have students pick one. After they have drawn the habitat of their chosen creature, students can paste their animal to the paper. Display the artwork on a bulletin board or bind the pictures to create a class book.

Picture Book Thursday: Bugging Out

Animals Charles Darwin Saw:
An Around-the-World Adventure
Written by Sandra Markle
Illustrated by Zina Saunders
Chronicle Books
Ages 7-10

076361436x.medOne Beetle Too Many:
The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin
Written by Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Ages 7-12
Read the author interview.

9781416903864 Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails
Written by Betsy Franco
Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Simon & Schuster
Ages 3-7
Read the author interview.

I know, I know. You were so swept up in books celebrating President's Day that you completely skipped over the bicentennial of Darwin's birthday. Well, breath a sigh of relief cause I'm riding to your rescue.

Animals Charles Darwin Saw: An Around-the-World Adventure
Based on key concepts from the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Academy of Sciences, this book delivers on providing a fun and informative account of Charles Darwin. And boy, was Darwin one dedicated scientist. Readers will be shocked to learn what happened when he ran out of hands to transport beetles and what led to his being sick in later life. The book is nicely illustrated with what appear to be wood cuts and is topped off with a map of Darwin's voyage, a glossary, and a list of related books and Web sites. Thank you Sandra and Zina!

One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin
I wouldn't expect anything less than quality from a Candlewick publication, and I'm certainly not disappointed with this offering. It contains super illustrations packed with details.No wonder, as illustrator Matthew Truman shares, "Wandering around with my nose in the grass while collecting the weeds, wildflowers, and herbs for these pictures made me feel a little bit like Charles Darwin. Then concocting different ways to sneak them into the paintings was similar to a secret scientific experiment."

Author Kathryn Lasky has done her homework, as well. The book is peppered with quotes and interesting facts about Darwin. If you want to find out what his childhood nickname was -- and believe me, you do -- get a hold of this book.

Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails
While Darwin isn't featured in this one, it does a nice job of showing the shapes and patterns found in nature. Illustrator Steve Jenkins uses a deft hand to create cut-and-torn-paper illustrations that will keep children's attention. Betsy Franco's text is sure to delight as well -- and keep children rhyming as they follow along. It's hard to resist lines like, "The animal known as the puffer fish does not want to be someone's gourmet dish. Whenever it senses there's something to fear, it puffs itself up till it's almost a sphere." Here's a super title to tie into science and math lessons.

Provide children with a variety of paper plates in different sizes, markers, and scissors. Have them use the plates to design their own bugs, cutting another plate in half to create wings or other bug body parts. When the bugs are complete, display them on the bulletin board, accompanied by labels with the students' chosen bug names.

Hanging Out With Nic Bishop

Nicbishop_blog I don't want to be Nic Bishop's roommate. The photographer/author of the amazing children's books about animals was in the office on Thursday, so we filmed him answering a bunch of questions (the video will be up in a few weeks. Be sure to come back and see it!). He told us amazing stories about his childhood traveling around the world, his start in photography and his love of small animals. I'd never heard anyone describe a frog as "beautiful." Best of all, he told a hilarious story about the tarantulas he housed, hoping to catch one of them molting for his award-winning Spiders book.

"I actually had 11 of these tarantulas in our bedroom and sometimes they'd escape. My wife is very understanding about these things. Usually they'd end up behind the bookcase or something so I could find them again," he said.

No thank you. I don't want a tarantula scurrying around my bedroom, much less 11.  

Check back in a few weeks for this interview, until then, go get his books filled with incredible photos of small creatures, including Frogs and Spiders. We also have this silly video of Nic Bishop in action for you to enjoy now. Don't miss it .

New Review Tuesday: Math-Themed Picture Books

These new picture books are just the thing for dropping into your math lessons.

51pTfvNsOVL._SS500_ The Lion's Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating It Too, written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott, takes a classic thought problem and gives it a kid-friendly twist: What happens when you keep cutting something in half? In Ant's case, it means that she's left with a measly crumb of cake to split with the king. The story flips on itself when Ant decides to bake another cake, and each animal in succession clamors to make twice as many! A great choice for talking about halving, doubling, and multiples. You'll want to retell the story during your own snacktime, too—try continuously halving a large piece of fruit, such as a cantaloupe or other melon. Then double with grapes or raisins! Best for grades 1–3.

61KHyDSv0FL._SS400_ Math Attack, by Joan Horton and illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker, doesn't release until later next month, but keep an eye out for it at your local bookstore. It's a fun, rhyming read aloud about what happens when numbers escape out of a girl's head and take over the town. The multiplication theme makes it a good pick for introducing the times tables, as well as addressing any anxiety kids might have about the harder math they encounter as they get older. Best for grades 2–4.

I will always remember my first grade teacher reading David Schwartz's and Steven Kellogg's How Much Is A Million? to our class. What are your favorite math picture books?

Nonfiction Monday: Your Teeth

Talk about Dental Health Month with this easy-to-read fiction/nonfiction book pair and activities for K-2.

Facts First

9780516279152_lg Take Care of Your Teeth
by Don L. Curry

Reading level: K-2
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic

This easy reader gives practical advice about tooth care.

Pair With

9780590483766_lg My Tooth is About to Fall Out
by Grace Maccarone (Author)
and Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

Reading level: K-2
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic

A girl loses her first tooth in this easy reader.


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Friday Kid Lit Round-Up

LastolympianHey folks. Let's get warmed up with our friends at EarlyWord where the Rick Riordan frenzy is about to begin. Well, I guess it technically has with the release of the cover art for Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5: The Last Olympian.


If you're looking for love in teen lit, you need to check out the reviews on YA Authors Cafe. They have everything from a modern Jane Austen hero to a vampire climbing the social ladder of love.

Speaking of Jane, you may remember I blogged about her last week and I think we may have inspired Elton John to get in on the action. Yes folks, Pride and Predators will be coming to the big screen with the story of what happens when murderous aliens land in jolly old England.

OK, the chance to hear author Laurie Halse Anderson sound like ANYONE from Annie is too good to pass up.  Under the Covers thought so too.

Shelley Harwayne is offering her top five winter read alouds over at the BookNook. Not only does she offer some cool picks, but you can get a 25% discount on some of them.

And with that, folks, I'm off to enjoy some of this winter weather myself. We'll see you back here on Monday.

Picture Book Thursday: Winter Thaw

18916Maple Syrup Season
Written by Ann Purmell
Ages 4-8

9780152049676_150 Winter Is the Warmest Season
Written and illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Ages 4-8

9781561486366 The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm

Written by Paul Bright
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Good Books
Ages 4-8

We're expecting another round of of snow and ice here in Massachusetts. Can you blame me for wanting a bit of a winter thaw? And as you all know, the best way to get that thaw started is to hunker down with a good picture book or two. Or three, for those of you doubting my ability to count.

Maple Syrup Season
Framed by two maple trees and chock full of woodland critters, the cover of this book does more than hint about the mapley goodness contained within. The story follows the Brockwell family's quest to make maple syrup, from their journey to the sugarbush to eating sugar on snow. There's even a page on maple syrup lore and a glossary of terms. Did you know it takes 40 gallons of sap to boil down into 1 gallon of syrup? This book is a welcome must for anyone studying the syrup season in the classroom.

Winter Is the Warmest Season
A young boy shares his thoughts on why winter is the warmest season and he makes a pretty convincing case. With the jelly sandwiches of summer giving way to grilled cheese and pajamas gaining feet, he gives this warm description, "In winter, bodies sit closer, books last longer, and hugs squeeze the warmest." Illustrations that make good use of warm and cool colors and energetic viewpoints only serve to make the reader wish for winter.

The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm
And for all of you bear fans out there, here's another one to add to your list of "must haves." With wind blowing, thunder crashing, and lightening flashing, the youngest members of the bear family retreat to their parents bed. Convinced a monster is on the loose, the entire Bear family is pleased to offer safe haven to a homeless moose. And the young bears are just as pleased to realize there is no monster! Jane Chapman's cozy illustrations will have readers wishing for a winter storm so they can curl up under the covers.

Are you kidding me? How can I not suggest you make waffles or pancakes topped with maple syrup? For a real treat, make sourdough pancakes or top your waffles with raspberries. Those are two favorites your students won't be able to pass up.  I know I can't.

Video Wednesday - Teacher From the Black Lagoon

9780590419628_sm Author Mike Thaler paid us a visit not too long ago. We were thrilled at the opportunity to talk with this favorite author of more than 140 books. Wearing his favorite color -- yellow -- Thaler talked about writing riddles, where he got the idea for the Black Lagoon series, and what to tell kids who want to write. He also gave a mini-tutorial about how to write riddles. Best of all, he read from Teacher from the Black Lagoon. It was a real treat to hear the classroom classic read by its author.

Tune in and watch the full Mike Thaler interview here.

New Review Tuesday: Spring 2009 Preview

This week's issue of Publishers Weekly offered a tantalizing taste of what's to come in the way of children's books over the next few months.

With new gems from favorite authors like Laurie Halse Anderson, Susan Patron, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as some fabulous debuts that I've been previewing over the last couple months, it looks like a great season for reading.

Here are some of the release dates on my calendar -- I'd love to know what's on yours, so share in the comments!

41Hw5aGT9vL._SL500_AA240_  February 24
Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams: The story of a skateboarder who turns to his family's sport of bull-riding when his older brother comes home injured from Iraq.

March 10
Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron: The follow up to 2007's Newbery-winning The Higher Power of Lucky.

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The 2008-9 Cybils Winners

The 2008-9 Cybils (Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) were announced on Valentine's Day and two Scholastic books were on the list!

Non-Fiction Picture Book Winner

9780439877558_lg Nic Bishop Frogs
by Nic Bishop

Reading level: Grades 3-5
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Scholastic

Nic Bishop takes a close-up look at frogs around the world.

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Young Adult Winner

9780439023481_lg The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Reading level: Grades 9-12
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen has her name drawn for the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

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Friday Kid Lit Round-Up

Hutch_coverSMHi folks! I'm sure many of you are familiar with the work of Peter H. Reynolds, so you'll be even more thrilled to know he has a store.  If you're not able to make a run over to the Blue Bunny in Dedham, MA for February Break, check out the online shop or their new publication, Hutch: A Creative Magazine for Kids and Grown Up Kids.

Maria_blogWith all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Caldecott and Newbery Awards, folks might begin to wonder how relevant these awards are. Over on Reading Rockets: Page by Page, that exact question came up, and with some interesting answers.

Joey King has been busy in front of the camera as the latest child to portray Ramona. Fan's of Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby will be thrilled to know this movie is in the works.

Over on Kitchen Table Reviews, Mir and company are talking about one of my favorites this week:

Daughter: It was like a fairy tale, sort of. Only it was real. I mean, it seems fairy tale-ish, how he dreams about dinosaurs, and then gets to build them, and how he gets to travel and learn and have people cheer for his work,

Son: Yeah, I usually like fiction a lot better than non-fiction. But this was totally interesting and read like a fiction story. And dinosaurs are like dragons!

Jump on over there to see what book I like to feature in professional development book talks.

This last subject had my poor brain thinking I had ingested one too many spoonfuls of cold medication. Have you ever contemplated what kind of zombie Jane Austen would make?  How about a magic power wielding Jane? Then you're in luck! Click on over to Finding Wonderland to find out.

And with that my friends, I'm off to begin February Break. Fear not! We'll be right back here on Monday with all sorts of crunchy kid lit goodness.

Picture Book Thursday: Fairy Tale Classics

Hansel and Gretel

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

Candlewick Press
Ages 6-11

9781416912460 Doctor All-Knowing
Written by Doris Orgel
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Ages 3-6

0763638560.med Cinderella
Written by Max Eilenberg
Illustrated by Niamh Sharkey
Ages 3-6

Hansel and Gretel
This isn't your mother's edition of Hansel and Gretel, but a retelling with some back story about what really happened to their birth mother. When a "warty old witch" sets her sights on their father, Hansel and Gretel suffer through various trials before doing in the witch with that old fairy tale standby, the oven. As with all of today's featured titles, this book is filled with beautiful illustrations that students will surely enjoy.

It's worth noting that Cynthia Rylant and Jen Corace have offered up another gorgeous edition of Hansel and Gretel. Savvy teachers will want both books to do some compare and contrast activities with students.

Doctor All-Knowing
Not that I'm a fairy tale expert, but this is one tale I was unfamiliar with -- I'm glad that's been remedied. Author Doris Orgel treats readers to a retelling in which she has, "turned the doctor's wife into a little daughter." As the doctor and daughter seek to better their position in life, they are caught up in a stolen gold caper with verbal hijinks reminiscent of Frasier. Alexandra Boiger complements the text perfectly, with super watercolors so rich with details and interesting viewpoints. I felt like I was viewing cells from a film.  
Just when you think you have a handle on a fairy tale someone writes a version that gets you thinking. In this case, Max Eilenberg has written a gently humorous retelling and includes all three of the original balls. Now, I didn't realize there were three balls in the original version either, but they're all here and I'm sure my students will love them, as much as they'll enjoy Niamh Sharkey's illustrations in general.

Cinderella: read two versions aloud and create a Venn diagram with students.

Doctor All-Knowing: have students create their own map to show where they would have hidden the treasure.

Video Wednesday: Cornelia Funke at Home

I really can't get enough of the Inkheart trilogy. I loved reading the books -- Inkdeath being my favorite. Recently, Sonja and I saw the movie and were pleasently surprised, they didn't mess with too much. And the two characters they absolutely couldn't get wrong -- Dustfinger and Farid -- were done right. (Well, until the ending ... but that's a topic for another post.)

So when I came across this video interview with charming author Cornelia Funke -- done in her "writing house" and around her yard -- I had to share it. She shares her writing process and shows off some treasures. 


Most importantly, especially for someone like me, she talked about the possibility of returning to the Inkword -- to catch up with a certain villian who got away, or write about Meggie all grown up. Either way, I'm completely excited by the idea.  

Want more? Watch the Cornelia Funke interview Sonja did -- in a less beautiful location.

New Review Tuesday: The Civil War

It seems like there are always new books about the Civil War being published, so it can be tough to know which ones to add to your classroom library and which ones to skip.

Two recent books that stand out among the rest are Anita Silvey's I'll Pass for Your Comrade and Elka Weber's The Yankee at the Seder.

28023301 I'll Pass for Your Comrade introduces upper-elementary and middle school readers to the brave women who disguised themselves as men to fight on the battlefields of the Civil War. Kids will be fascinated by the accounts of these ladies, who took on new names, hid their hair and other feminine features, and rose through the ranks of the military. Silvey includes photographs and other historical documents that show the transformation and courage of these soldiers. Pair with Lynda Durrant's My Last Skirt, a longer look at Jennie Hodgers, one of the women Silvey discusses. You might also encourage kids to research what it's like for women in the military today.

32123051The Yankee at the Seder, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, is a picture book rich with possibilities for discussion. It's the story of a Yankee Jewish soldier who finds a place at the Passover table of a Confederate Jewish family. The son of the Confederate family, Jacob, is resistant to hosting the enemy, but gradually changes his mind through the course of the celebration. This book is a great choice for talking about Reconstruction with upper-elementary kids, but students in the younger grades will appreciate the themes of friendship and understanding, too.

What are your must-read Civil War books? Any that you are ready to retire?

Nonfiction Monday: Abe Lincoln

Learn about Lincoln as we celebrate his 200th birthday with this fiction/nonfiction book pair for grades 3-5.

Facts First

9780312370138 Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered
by Barry Denenberg (Author)
and Christopher Bing (Illustrator)

Reading level: Grades 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

This biography, told as a one year anniversary edition of an April 14, 1866 newspaper, begins the moment Lincoln is shot.

Pair With

0763637238.med Lincoln and His Boys
by Rosemary Wells (Author)
and P.J. Lynch (Illustrator)

Reading level: Grades 3-7
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press

See Abe Lincoln through the eyes of his boys, Tad and Willie, in this historial novel with an upbeat ending.


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Friday Kid Lit Round-Up

Clifford It's Friday folks, and despite my case of winter sniffles, I'm here to bring you up-to-date on what's what in kid lit.  Let's jump right on over to A Fuse #8 Production on SLJ.com to check out Video Sunday.  This past Sunday featured videos of a monkey on the lam, a squirrel-phobic park ranger, the always entertaining Jon Scieszka, as well as a couple of our own Scholastic author interview videos of Shawn Tan and Lisa Yee. Good stuff!

When you're done there, check out Clifford and his humanitarian efforts.  "BE BIG! is a national campaign that invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD'S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.  The mission of BE BIG! is to recognize and reward others for their BE BIG actions, to catalyze change in local communities and to provide resources for everyone to share Big Ideas!" From now until February 28, kids can even send Clifford a Valentine's Day Card! And don't forget to check out the Norman Bridwell video.

Little yellow Carin Berger's The Little Yellow Leaf was one of my favorites last year and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast had the opportunity to visit with her lately.  Her images are beautiful.

If you're in need of a fairy tale fix, you might want to check out Sur La Lune Fairy Tales.  You'll find out about Geek Charming a modern high school Frog Prince story, Wild Orchid a retelling of the Chinese Mulan story, and the long awaited re-release of Patricia Wrede's Snow White and Rose Red.

Bookie Woogie is a kid lit site featuring 3 kids and their dad talking about books.  This week they chat about some old favorites featuring monsters like Monsterlicious.  It's a treat to read the banter between Aaron and his kids.  

OK folks, I'm going back to my sniffles.  You should go share some of your Big Ideas with Clifford and we'll all meet back here next week.

Picture Book Thursday: Presidents ~ Part Two

Lincoln Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship
Written by Nikki Giovanni
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Ages 9-12
Download the Teacher's Guide (PDF)

Abe Abe Lincoln Loved Animals
Written by Ellen Jackson
Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger

President President Pennybaker
Written by Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by Diane Goode
Ages 4-8
Watch the Video Trailer.

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Meeting Francisco

Sonja_francisco Sonja and I were lucky enough to meet and interview author Francisco X. Stork on Friday. He's the author of Marcelo in the Real World. It's a really touching book about a teen who has Asberger's Syndrome and is sent to work in the mailroom of his father's law firm one summer. Marcelo sees the world in a very unusual way -- not unlike his author who had all kinds of interesting things to say about his creative process, as well as his youth in Mexico. 

It will be a few weeks until you can see the video here. But, in the meantime, get to know Mr. Stork by reading his journal. 

Video Wednesday: Underground Railroad

In this video from Scholastic Book Fairs, author Christopher Paul Curtis guides us through the actual settlement of Buxton, Canada, so students can visualize the setting of Elijah of Buxton and imagine what it was like to live in this community of freed and escaped slaves.

This is just one of the videos in the Underground Railroad Book Videos collection.  For the mother of all Underground Railroad lesson plans, visit Scholastic's Underground Railroad Student Activity where you'll find reader's theater scripts, primary sources, writing prompts and web hunts for grades 4-12.

New Review Tuesday: African-American History

Piggybacking off Anastasia's recommendations from yesterday, here are two more ideas for February's Black History Month (and for the rest of the year, too). Both of these books celebrate lesser known African-American women.

51bI-yu536L._SS400_ Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose, is the story of the fifteen-year-old girl girl who protested Montgomery's segregated bus seating before Rosa Parks. I first "met" Claudette in Ellen Levine's excellent Freedom's Children, and I was so pleased to see this new biography, aimed at grades 5-8. Especially since it's written by one of my favorite non-fiction authors, the man behind The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. Pair this with Freedom's Children for a fascinating look at one of the youngest heroes of the civil rights movement.

51zsPCi8xwL._SS500_ Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis, by Robbin Gourley, introduces children to a woman ahead of her time in more ways than one. Lewis was an accomplished chef and cookbook author who placed a real value on fresh, local food. Gourley focuses on what Lewis's childhood life might have been like growing up on a farm. Kids in grades 1–4 won't want to miss the tasty recipes at the back of the book, either.

How will you honor Black History Month in your classroom?

Nonfiction Monday: February's History

Celebrate February's history, Black History Month and Darwin's 200th birthday, with this fiction/nonfiction book pair for grades 6-8.

Nonfiction.monday Facts First

Charles Charles and Emma: The Darwin's Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heligman

Reading level: Grades 6-8
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt

Charles Darwin was a scientist but the woman he loved was not. See how Emma's views made Darwin question his work in this new biography.

Charles and Emma Teachers Guide (PDF)

Pair With

Chains Chains
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reading level: Grades 6-8
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Celebrate Black History Month with this Revolutionary War novel about a thirteen-year-old girl's quest for freedom.

Chains Discussion Guide


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