“Utterly Yours, Booker Jones” stars 12 year old Booker Jones who has been forced to give up his room to his ailing grandfather. A fledgling writer, Booker has moved under the dining room table, a situation that seems to be affecting him strangely. Booker's real problem is the writer's block that is keeping him from completing his work-in-progress, Space Cows, and delaying his dream of becoming a published author. His dream is finally realized, but not because of a science fiction masterpiece. Rather, it's fulfilled because of a deeply moving speech he delivers at, of all places, the Pickle Springs Middle School rally. Booker is not exactly your average 12-year-old, but his dilemmas, which range from a bratty big sister to long division problems, are common ones. The tender scenes between lovable Booker and his invalid grandfather are especially effective. (Lauren Peterson, from Amazon)
This book is written at a 4.0 grade reading level, and contains high level humor.
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own high-level questions to bring to book group discussions.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. These can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find over 50 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be engaged thinkers and problem-solvers. These can be used with small groups, the whole class, or individual students, where they are especially helpful in differentiating.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.