Maniac Magee Synopsis: When Jeffrey Magee's parents pass away, he is forced to live with his aunt and uncle. They are very unhappy and Jeffrey, after eight years, can't take it anymore. He has to get away. So, one day, he starts running. He runs and runs for days and ends up in the town next to where he use to live with his parents.
At first, he is a mysterious kid who shows up, does amazing things, and then runs away. Eventually, the kids and adults of Bridgeport get to know who Jeffrey, now called Maniac, really is and Maniac gets to experience racism head on.
How will Maniac handle loss, loneliness, and racism? At the age of eleven, Maniac has experienced more about people than any child should and learned more about people than most ever will.
Loser Synopsis: Donald is different. As a small child it is not easily noticed. As he gets older, the other children begin to notice. He goes from the goofy kid to the one no one wants on his or her team. Loser is a great story about learning how being different can be a burden and a joy.
Wringer Synopsis: Palmer is turning of age. He is becoming ten, the age when all boys in town become wringers. The problem is he does not want to be a wringer. Since an early age, when he first saw what a wringer does, he has dreaded the age. Now it is here.
Read Wringer and find out why this one boy does not look forward to growing up. At an age when children look forward to each new birthday, Palmer doesn't. Will he be able to break tradition and be himself? Find out.
This print and use workbook is a child-directed literature study that requires no teacher or parental prep time.
The format is an exciting new approach to studying literature. Each page engages the student in many interesting activities. Children will explore new vocabulary in its context and answer questions that involve them in the story. Learners reflect on their own experiences to better understand those of the characters. This process ensures full comprehension of the novel. Additional activities involve illustrating, sequencing, analyzing characters, and point of view.
The literature study concludes with an organized and detailed book summary. A simple rubric is included for grading the book summary.
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