Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry, Historical Fiction, Mystery with Puzzles

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
4th - 7th, Homeschool
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108 pages
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A seventy-year-old mystery remains unsolved. The Post Cereal family treasure remains hidden. Their enormous, eloquent apartment has been subdivided into four luxury apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, remodeled according to Lyon Post's will: WALLS IN THIS STRUCTURE MAY NOT BE DESTROYED OR CHANGED IN ANY WAY. How, then could they section it into four apartments? Architects ADDED new walls in front of the old walls they could not change.

The Posts' aging daughter Eleanor now lives in one of the apartments. She never found her inheritance and stopped searching years ago. Now she has noisy new upstairs neighbors: The Smithforks and their four kids. It doesn't take long for them discover the hidden wall inside, and the youngest sibling is just small enough to squeeze into the crawl space to investigate some relics left from the Post family. He emerges with a copy of Treasure Island (overdue for 70 years) with a letter inside! His sister, Brid, and older brother CJ, decide to return the book to the New York Public Library. In return (after paying a $75 fine) the librarian gives them the package with yellowed tape left by Mr. Post for his children.

So begins an elaborate treasure hunt that will have the Smithfork kids together with Eleanor exploring New York City, solving secret codes, discovering hidden clues, and analyzing a book of poems. In the process, they will encounter a shadowy, threatening intruder. Where will the clues lead? What dangers will they face?

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry, a modern Manhattan mystery, is filled with secret codes, treasure hunt for early 20th Century historical treasure. The activities challenge readers to decipher shadowed codes that grow more difficult with each encounter. The Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-type game provide beautifully planned curriculum that leads to the development of character, academic skills, team building, and guarantees thoughtful social and exciting academic growth for every classroom.

If you like Walls Within Walls, you will love The Gollywhopper Games that offers readers new shadow puzzles using the same logic as the book!!

The 55-page Kids Wings literature guide by Suzy Red comes in both PDF and PowerPoint and is perfect for gifted and talented students. The Activities include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2-page Readers Theater Script
Quartet Reading
15-Second Summaries
New York Map Study
Map of Central Park
A Vocabulary List and Activities with the Frayer Model
Picturing Figures of Speech
Character Studies
Read-Predict Confirm Chapter Questions
Interactive Skip 7 Code Slide
Puzzling Clues, Deciphering a Code
Chapter Check-ups with Multiple Choice and Short Answer Questions
Who's Who Crossword Puzzle
Words to Pictures
Visualization Chapters
Shadow Puzzle
Nation Creation Double Puzzle
Filling in the Blanks on New York History
Research American Businesses Moving to China
Dot Puzzle/Poem
Showing Connections: Poems<--->Places
Sequel Cover
Writing Prompts
and MORE!
Answer Pages

Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint

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Total Pages
108 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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