How it works:
Divide the novel into however many student groups you will form. Then give each group only their assigned pages. You will have to purchase two copies of the novel for this and then... rip the pages out based on how you have broken it up. The students love this! If you teach multiple sections I would suggest you collect the portioned pages at the end of each class to reuse.
My students struggled to understand what was happening in their assigned chapters and the use of a graphic organizer was necessary. It allowed them to track both basic main ideas and then to dig deeper into the text and have a rich discussion as a class when each group shared what happened in their chapters.