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
- 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