By Gordon Korman

Copyright Date: 2008

Published by: Scholastic Press

Lexile Reading Level: 710

Reading Level Recommendation: 4th- 7th Grades

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

Suggested Delivery: Read aloud, book buddies

Key Vocabulary:

  • rankled: to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment within the mind
  • dilapidated: reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect
  • furtive: taken, done, used
  • marshaled: a military officer of a U.S. judicial district who performs duties similar to those of a sheriff
  • dismal: causing gloom or dejection
  • paralyzed: to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act
  • consolation: the act of consoling; comfort; solace
  • con man: a person who swindles other by means of a confidence game; swindler
  • narcolepsy: a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.
  • chastened: to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement
  • whiz: to make a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound, as an object passing swiftly through the air
  • perspiration: a salty, watery fluid secreted by the sweat glands of the skin, especially when very warm as a result of strenuous exertion; sweat
  • stealthy: done, characterized, or acting by stealth
  • gingerly: with great care or caution; warily
  • shuffled: to walk without lifting the feet or with clumsy steps and a shambling gait
  • agony: extreme and generally prolonged pain; intense physical or mental suffering

 

 

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