ABOUT THE BOOK
Vermont, 1843. Twelve-year-old Susannah Allen starts her new diary expecting life on the farm to go on as usual. Before she knows it, her world turns upside down. When her new friend from Boston introduces Susannah to ideas about slavery and the Abolitionist movement, she soon discovers how important these issues are in her own life. Susannah thinks it’s easy to take a stand... until it’s a matter of life or death.
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ABOUT THE TEACHER'S GUIDE
This Teacher's Guide, by author Jenny Land, is an essential component to implementing her historical novel "The Spare Room" into your classroom instruction. With this Teacher's Guide students will learn about Vermont, improve their vocabulary, dabble in mapmaking, practice speech writing, math activities, cooking, arts, crafts and more.
“Jenny Land’s 'The Spare Room' is a beautifully written, entirely authentic novel about pre-Civil War Vermont. Land understands her characters inside out, and writes with the magical touch of Laura Ingalls Wilder.”
—Howard Frank Mosher, author of "Where the Rivers Flow North," "Disappearances," and more
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenny Land was born in Vermont. After her education at Dartmouth College and the Universities of Oxford and St. Andrews, she returned to Vermont to teach English and creative writing at St. Johnsbury Academy, and to work on farms during the summer. She lives in Peacham, Vermont with her husband and twin daughters.