This is a complete novel unit, including answer keys to all activities, that addresses 7th and 8th grade reading standards. Fiction related skills addressed include: plot, character analysis/character development over time, theme, and conflict. Questions are provided for every chapter. Writing and creative activities are included, as well as a study guide for the novel and a final test. I have used this novel with both special and general education students in 7th/8th grade. It is a great book for reluctant readers because it has a fairly low readability (approx. 5th grade), is short (100 pages) and is exciting enough to appeal to 13-14 year old boys! That being said, it also lends itself well to a meaningful discussion of character development and theme. Enjoy!