While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots.
This book is rated at 670 Lexile level, appropriate for grades 5-8.
This novel study includes comprehension and inference questions, as well as short term projects. Questions are organized into menus designed for student choice.
Additional after-reading projects are included. These projects can be used with the whole group, small groups, and/or individuals, and are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. This can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
Answers are included.