Try out some chapters, no questions asked!

I love books!  I love reading them and I especially love introducing students to them.  

So it should come as no surprise that I enjoy making novel and book study guides.  

Actually, that's a lie; I have a mixed relationship with doing that.  I start off with "This is such a great book and kids will love it!" spend some time in "What have I gotten myself into?" and finish with "Yay!  Look at this!"  And then I collapse!

Buying novel study guides is an investment.  I put a lot of work and thought into them.  And because of that, I want to provide you with a snapshot of the kinds of things I do in them that will help your students look beyond the surface.  

Here are my novel and nonfiction book studies that have free 1-2 chapter previews.  Click on each of the pictures for the ones you want.
Cover of the novel study The Thing About Jellyfish by Mentoring in the Middle
"After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting...."  And she's determined to prove it.  Read my review here.
Cover of the nonfiction book study The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Mentoring in the Middle
William Kamkwamba is the kind of kid I would have loved having in my classroom.  Full of curiosity, not willing to accept "no" for an answer, always looking for a creative solution, William refuses to let himself feel bitter when life hands him severe hardships.  Instead, he creates a solution to the problem for his family, which ultimately ends up helping many other families, too.  You can read my review of this book here.

Cover of the novel study Amal Unbound by Mentoring in the Middle
One of the things I love about this book is that it takes us to a country most of us are unfamiliar with, Pakistan.  Amal is the oldest daughter in a family that has four daughters, no sons.  One day, returning home from the market, she gets into an incident with a man who turns out to be the feudal landlord.  The next thing she knows, she is required to serve as a servant in his household for seven years.  Read my review of the book here.
Cover of the novel study Code Talker by Mentoring in the Middle
I had to check a couple of times that this book was historical fiction.  It read like a biography and I felt like Ned Begay was real.  The Navajo language was used for coded messages in World War II.  But very few know this because they were sworn to secrecy. You can read my review of the book here.
Cover of the novel study Salt to the Sea by Mentoring in the Middle
This is one of my favorite historical fiction novels and it stayed with me long after I'd finished reading it.  Like Code Talkers, the events in this book were kept from the public for many years after World War II.  You can read my review of it here.

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