Book Clubs (Literature Circles) are a great way to get students thinking about their reading and analyzing author's purpose. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke is a fantastic novel, set in Venice about two boys that (quite successfully) run away from home. It really hones in the importance of family and keeps you constantly guessing: who is the real villain in this story?
Included in this book club are:
-Dice Missions (Students roll die and take turns to discuss questions)