THE BIG HOUSE! A Rollicking Mystery with Law-Related Connections

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THE BIG HOUSE! A Rollicking Mystery with Law-Related Connections
by Carolyn Coman

The trial was over.
The verdict? Guilty.
The sentence? The Big House.

Their parents, being habitual criminals, had to go to the Big House, jail, after being convicted of embezzling funds from The Last Best Hope Charity.

Ivy and Ray had to go to the Big House, Marietta's mansion. How could that be? Marietta was the one who accused their parents of the crime! The evil Marietta was responsible for sending their parents up the river!

Fortunately, the kids still have each other. Fortunately, their parents had taught them survival skills: get the lay of the land, watch your brother's back, always know where the exits are, be content where you are.

Now, it is up to the kids to collect evidence that proves Marietta lied. But, on the way, of course, they have to PLAY! You will want to root for them and laugh along as they cover their tracks and collect evidence from the least likely places. So what if they don't know why it is evidence?

But, what happens when the worm turns? Will they be able to survive the latest sentence from the evil Marietta?

In the most hysterical of twists and turns, you will enjoy their escapades through this one-of-a-kind mystery will keep eagerly turning. Readers will be blown over by the surprising climax!

Grab a friend and join Ivy and Ray as they romp through The Big House! This is law-related education at its best.

The Kids Wings literature guide was written by master teacher Suzy Red and comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF for optimal clarity in projection and printing. The Activities include:

Anticipation Guide
Criminal Stereotypes
Making Connections, Chapter Questions for Before-Reading Prediction and After-Reading Confirmation
Picture a Courtroom
5-Page Scripted Trial
Crossword Puzzle
Picture That! Idioms (2 pages)
Big House Legal Vocabulary
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Active Learning: Friendships That Run a Lifetime
Compassion and Respect
Dictionary Check-Up
Pillars of Society
Literary Devices: Ma's Cave Soap
Alternatives to the Intercom
Another Language
Marietta Goes to Trial (Gifted and Regular Versions)
Comprehension Check-Up After Reading
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus an Interactive Jeopardy-Type Game in PowerPoint format!

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