This offering is a 13 puzzle set of puzzles on John Steinbeck and four of his more popular books: The Long Valley, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Red Pony. Included is a math essay puzzle giving critical dates and numbers about John Steinbeck. The math is NOT hard. I'd like for it to be done mentally . . . and seventh graders should be able to handle it easily, the 12th graders should get some mental practice/review. Essentially there are four short story/character searches, 4 vocabulary puzzles, and 4 crosswords . . . one for each book and the above-mentioned puzzle on Steinbeck, himself. With the crosswords older students should be able to complete the puzzles on their own (though they WILL think) and younger students might be best working in groups or as a class. Remember! The point of a crossword is not to get each answer easily. You would learn nothing. I HAVE given enough easier clues such that when combined with the theme clues students should be just fine. Also I HAVE given explanations to some of the more "interesting" answers on my solution page.