Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta (Middle Grade)

Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta (2018) (Middle Grade) 4 Stars ****

I have to remind myself this is a fantasy book for kids. My adult brain does not have patience for it, but since it is hugely popular, I will grant it the praise due to any book that gets kids to read. Fans of the Captain Underpants series will love this book. It’s Halloween in Parsippany, New Jersey, where sixth-grader Kiranmala gets ready to celebrate her twelfth birthday. But where are her adored parents?

The doorbell rings, presumably with trick-or-treaters, but instead two highly unusual brothers announce they have come to whisk Kiran away on their magical horses to a far-away land to claim her rightful place as a princess and to rescue her kidnapped Ma and Baba who “have passed through the mouth of the beast into that other place.”

At their heels is the dreaded rakkhosh, intent upon devouring Kiran. “The advancing rakkhosh was drooling so much goo from its mouth now that strings of the frothy stuff were sticking to the tree stumps and bare bushes it passed.” The brothers use a portal in the state of Arizona to leave the boring 2-D galaxy and travel to the fantastical land of the rakkhosh and other demons, slithering snakes, scolding birds, other strange creatures, and Kiran’s real family in the Kingdom Beyond Seven Oceans and Thirteen Rivers.

Kiran’s biological parents are the evil Serpent King and the gentle, translucent Moon Maiden who sometimes wanders in human form. When the demon Serpent King turned his wife’s seven sons into a seven-headed snake, Princess Kiran’s desperate mother placed her new-born daughter in the River of Dreams in a clay pot, where she was found, raised and protected by the the loving Ma and Baba who never told her of her real identity or that the magic spell would end on Kiran’s twelfth birthday. The Serpent King then replaces his lovely Moon Maiden with a malevolent new wife.

Solving riddles, completing tasks, following moving maps, outsmarting the terrifying creatures she meets along the way, outmaneuvering her diabolical king father and her loathsome stepmother,  Princess Kiran follows the hero’s journey in her quest to save herself, her beloved parents, her community, and the world. A happy ending, of course!

The book is loaded with sound effects, silly poems, ooey-gooey immature conversations, and a continuous stream of one-liners. A thrill a minute. I felt out of breath reading this fast-moving story, presented at a frenetic pace, as the evil, ugly monsters launched a campaign to rid the world of Princess Kiranmala.

Let’s not forget the yuck factor in the food in this strange land: “Fried dried cockroaches. Also pillowcases—deep-fried or now, for you health nuts,steamed.”

How about the not so funny talking birds: “What, d’ya want me to draw you a map?” the bird snapped, spitting a few more seeds before it flew away. “This ain’t Joisey, Princess, fuggedaboutit.”
(New Jersey)          (forget about it)

Here’s a very angry Kiran expressing herself to her seven-headed snake brothers: “Oh, booger-nosed snot fest, where did YOU come from?”

Can’t leave out the intergalactic granny: “Be gone, you fart faces!”

 

This book has all Indian characters and is drawn from folktales and children’s stories from West Bengal, India. The author spent summers in India and was immersed in Bengali culture. She blended Western culture with the Bengali culture and arrived at this ucky-yucky story that kids apparently love.

The book cover is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The illustrator used gold leaf paint on the tips of the serpents’ heads. Unfortunately, my photograph could not capture the beauty of this technique.

OK. So maybe it’s me. This book belongs to the land of middle graders. Even as a kid, I would not have liked this book. But here’s the thing: This book is a best seller, so what do I know?

 

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at elainewrites@earthlink.net

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Book Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Middle Grade)

Book Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (2015) 5 Stars ***** (Middle Grade)

Ewww. Ughhh. Yuck. Dreadful. Frightful. Absurd. Wonderful. Fun. This is the most ooey-gooey kids book I’ve ever read. Loved it! If your middle grade reader is looking for a fright-night, this is the place! Set on a Caribbean island, “a Jumbie (JUM-bee) is the name for every bad-thinking, sneaky, trick-loving creature that comes out at night with the purpose of causing trouble.”

There are many different types of jumbies: the douens (dwens), La Diabless (LA-jah-bless), Soucouyant (soo-coo-YAH), and Lagahoo (lah-gah-HOO)” to name a few. “The jumbie crawled with ease over thick trunks and gnarled underbrush, even though night in the forest was pitch-black.” Their purpose? To disrupt, terrify, and kill, especially children who disobey their parents and wander into the forest at night or respond to the jumbies’ calling their names.

Feisty, brave, adventurous, confident, twelve year-old Corinne La Mer lives happily with her father, Pierre, after the death of her mother Nicole one year before. It is All Hallow’s Eve when the people of the island pay respects to their deceased relatives. Unwittingly, Corinne unleashes the power of Severine, the meanest jumbie that ever lived. A shapeshifter in the guise of a beautiful woman, Severine entices Pierre with her charms, while administering evil potions to change Corinne’s father into a mean, snarling, gnarling jumbie.

Corinne is befriended and helped by Dru, and the orphaned, homeless brothers Bouki and Malik, as well as the frog whose life Corinne saved at the beginning of the story. Corinne approaches the white witch for help, but her powers are waning with her advanced age and debilitated physical condition. Corinne learns the surprising truth about her mother, Severine, and her ancestry. Corinne wields her own magic with the fruit of the sweetest orange tree in the land, and the stone necklace, a gift from her mother before her death, which Corinne always wears tied around her neck. In the end, life returns to normal with a few exceptions—some happy, some sad.

This book is beautifully written with fully developed action and transitions. The author, born in Trinidad, appears to have a complete and subtle understanding of the subject. The book shows rather than tells, so we learn the characters by what they do and say. Inspired by the Haitian folktale “The Magic Orange Tree” this book contains heroes, villains, magic, tasks and deeds that must be accomplished to save the hero, her family and friends, and the community in which she lives. Our hero never seeks fame but steps up to the task when she realizes she’s the only one who can do it — the journey of the hero!

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at elainewrites @earthlink.net

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Book Review: The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (MG)

Book Review: The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (2018) (MG) 4 Stars ****

Seventh-grader Natalie Napoli becomes immersed in her science class assignments given by her very cool teacher Mr. Neely. His enthusiasm for all things science spills over to Natalie and her classmates. This happens as Natalie’s life is slowly unraveling.

Natalie’s botanist mother is suddenly depressed and emotionally, mentally, and physically unavailable as she now spends most of her days in bed in her pajamas. Natalie’s therapist father gives his wife space and encourages Natalie to do the same, while he no longer initiates family activities with his daughter. Natalie’s friendship with her once best friend Mikayla Menzer has eroded. Now, Natalie believes that Mikayla’s mother, whom Natalie once adored, is the cause of her mother’s depression. Natalie thinks Mrs. Menzer, who was her mother’s boss, fired her mother from her job at the lab, leaving her mother unglued.

Joined by her new friends and teammates Dari and Twig, Natalie is determined to enter and win the City-Wide Egg Drop Contest. Grand Prize: $500! This money will allow her to pay for a trip to New Mexico to recover a Cobalt Blue Orchid Natalie believes will instantly snap her mother out of the doldrums and put their lives back on track. Unfortunately, Natalie’s team does not win the contest. Natalie concocts a scheme to pilfer some seeds from the lab where her mother worked. Her loyal teammates accompany Natalie on this middle-of-the night-caper. Awakened by the security alarm, the sleeping guard investigates, then calls Mrs. Menzer, who in turn calls each set of parents before dropping off the three culprits at their respective homes.

Natalie learns the truth of her mother’s situation. Natalie’s mother kept a lot from her and ends up in therapy twice a week to rid herself of her demons. The family dynamics are restored and all are happy in the end. “As it turns out, you can’t always protect breakable things. Hearts and eggs will break, and everything changes, but you keep going anyway. Because science is asking questions. and living is not being afraid of the answer.”

This book is cleverly presented with visual and graphic aids. Assignments are science investigative questions on looseleaf paper. Hashtags address the students. Illustrative and labeled sketches reinforce the story line and serve as a teaching/learning tools.

Some things are not addressed in the book. The reasons for Natalie’s mother’s depression are not given, except to say it also happened when Natalie was a baby. Also, Natalie’s father is half Korean (maternal side) and half Italian (paternal side) but totally ignores and negates his Korean heritage without explanation. Let’s not forget that Natalie sneaks into her parents’ bedroom while they are sleeping, rummaging for keys, but no one wakes up. Despite the whispered conversation outside the parents’ bedroom door between Natalie and Twig (who has used the key hidden in the fake rock to enter Natalie’s house) and the downstairs conversation with Dari (who has also shown up to accompany Natalie on her seed quest), the parents don’t stir. So coincidental. Twig and Dari happen to show up just as Natalie is ready to leave. Hmmm.

The moral of this story? Don’t make assumptions. Almost everything Natalie believe to be true, isn’t. Also, kids are not responsible for fixing their parents. Outside help is needed because the solutions are beyond the powers of a child.

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Book Review: Fish In A Tree (MG) by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Book Review: Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt  (2015) (MG) 3.5 Stars ***1/2

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” This is the message of the book. Sixth-grader Ally Nickerson is dyslexic which means she has difficulty in learning to read which carries over to difficulty in writing words. Words may be seen as backwards or moving on the page. This book purports that Ally’s teachers, parents, and friends are not aware of her limitations. According to the story, Ally acts out or charms her way out of assignments to cover up her problem. Really? She made it to sixth grade and everyone in her life is none the wiser? At the end of the book, we discover that Ally’s seventeen year old hard-working, focused, responsible brother Travis suffers from the same problem and has hidden it also. It’s this unrealistic portrayal combined with other unrealistic events that warrants fewer stars for an otherwise charming story.

Ally receives a lot of snide remarks from the class mean girls. Characters are stereotypical. Rich bitches, weak geeks, poor paragons. Ally is sent to the principal’s office for sending a sympathy card to her teacher who is going on maternity leave. Ally sees the pretty yellow flowers on the card and believes it to be a happy card. Supposedly, she cannot read the words that express sympathy and is unaware that the card is inappropriate. Again, very unrealistic that a non-reader such as this can hide her problems, and who would be sent to the principal for sending the wrong kind of card?

Ally’s father is deployed in the army as a tank commander. As an army brat, Ally has been in seven schools in seven years. It is my understanding that families of service people generally congregate in the same areas near army bases, so this depiction of Ally being the only one in school in this situation may not be accurate. While this bit of back story  might serve to explain how Ally has not been diagnosed, it doesn’t explain how Ally’s mother misses the mark on her daughter’s and her son’s situations.

The new teacher, Mr. Daniels, suspects Ally’s problems with reading and writing and gently allows her to complete her assignments in different modalities which allow her to use her other itelligences. In time, he tutors her in reading and raises her self-esteem. This changes her behavior and Ally is voted class president. Ally makes two new friends, Keisha and Albert, who encourage and support her.

Ally now deduces that Travis shares her reading and writing problems and engages Mr. Daniels to tutor her brother.

A happy ending for all.

 

Author’s Note: Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. This reading/writing disability is a visual perception problem.  Dyslexic students may spell the same word different ways on the same page, reverse letters in writing words, and be sensitive to the contrast between a white page and dark print. Headaches are common because of eye strain in forcing the eyes to focus. Special help is generally recommended. It’s also a good idea to use an index card under each line of print to reduce the number of words seen at one time and to help keep a straight line of vision.

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Please Join Me! East Hampton Library Children’s Fair, Long Island, NY

Book Signings & More 

Sunday, August 12  1:00-5:30pm

East Hampton Library Children’s Fair

Free Admission

Carnival Rides, Games, Book Signings, Raffles, Crafts, Treats

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Many Authors Including Me, Elaine Donadio!

It’s A Happening Place

MG Book Review: Abby Spencer Goes To Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj

MG Book Review: Abby Spencer Goes To Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj —3 Stars  ***

Here’s the thing: I hate not to love a book that represents diversity, a fatherless child-parent reunion, cultural enlightenment, and a happy ending. But, here I am. So, the book is good—light, optimistic, fun, upbeat, zany, fairy-tale like in its tone and events. It tells the story about Indian- American, thirteen year old Abby Spencer, living in Houston, Texas who travels to Mumbai, India to meet her father for the first time.

Kids, especially girls, will probably love the book with its very cool, trendy main character on an adventure of a lifetime. For me, a reading professional, I saw many shortcomings: unrealistically simple dialogue; shallow characterizations; absence of emotional depth; lack of story development and transitions; awkward writing; an unsatisfying ending.

While the title is very catchy, it is not representative of the heart of the story as stated by Abby in Chapter 1, “I hurriedly scribble, The one thing I want most in my life is excitement. Liar! My inner voice bursts like an annoying pop-up on a computer screen and surprises me. The thing you want most is to meet your father! the inner voice accuses.” Abby’s mother and father met in college, and her father returns to India after graduation, never knowing that Abby’s mother was pregnant with his child. The author tells us what Abby wants, but then downplays its emotional impact.

Abby is eating frozen yogurt with friends when she adds coconut flakes for the first time causing a severe allergic reaction, requiring an emergency trip to the hospital. When the doctor asks if Abby’s father has the same allergy, Abby is motivated to Google her father. One thing leads to another( as Google searches often do) and Abby discovers her father is actually the most famous male sex symbol screen actor in India.

Abby’s mom calls the telephone number listed for his production company, and the rest is history, as they say. Abby is invited for a visit to Mumbai since she has one week off from school for Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting is initially awkward. Quickly, the glamour of Bollywood and its trappings, the attentions of a handsome boy who coincidentally is visiting Mumbai from Texas, the constant hounding of the paparazzi, the visits to the movie set, the loving attention of a newly found grandmother, all add up to a wonderful adventure. But, where are the deep emotions, feelings, thoughts, conflicts? Abby’s dream has come true, but according to Abby, it’s her father she really wants, not the excitement. So, why does the author diverge from the main character’s realization of her goal in life?

Abby returns to Houston with wonderful stories to tell her mom and grandparents. A few days later, guess who drops in for a surprise visit? Abby’s sex symbol dad drops in for three days to say hello before running off to film another movie. Abby is invited to return to Mumbai during summer vacation. Will he return?  Will the romance between Abby’s mother and father be rekindled? Who knows? The author does not address these questions and leaves everyone hanging. The only one who is not upset by the lack of clarity is zany, cool-girl Abby.

The author does include scenes of poverty and desperation that are so common in India. Hungry, dirty bare-foot children and dogs beg for food. Abby is touched by their plight. Her father’s employees bring food and money to them. Abby’s father vows to contribute major money to alleviate the suffering they witness.

The author misses an opportunity to really focus on the extremes of poverty with the starving masses and the wealth enjoyed by a few in India. It should not be a cursory observation. A first meeting between a child and her father deserves much more emotional depth than zany Abby is allowed. This book could have and should have been much more. It had the potential to become an important voice against poverty and for parental responsibilities. Instead, we have a star struck teenager. Maybe it’s me?

Lesson Ideas

  •  Investigate the factors that create the extreme poverty and disease in India. What steps, if any, can the Indian government take to alleviate the suffering of its people? Explain the caste system. What cultural factors might negatively influence government or humanitarian efforts to improve the plight of the Indian people?
  • Locate India on a map. Which countries surround it? What are its natural resources? Topography? Weather? Industries? Government? In what ways does India’s location  influence its destiny?
  • Design a T-shirt or poster to create awareness of the struggle to survive in India. 
  • Plan a group or class fund-raising event to raise money to help starving and diseased children and dogs in India. What steps can be taken on a global basis to help alleviate starvation and disease in India and other struggling countries? 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Chapter Book Review: Magnificent Mya Tibbs-The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen

Chapter Book Review: The Magnificent Mya Tibbs- The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen- 5 Stars *****

This book is perfect for 8-10 year old readers.

What a delightful book! We meet 4th Grader Mya Tibbs from Bluebonnet, Texas who is filled with a zest for life and a cowgirl spirit that keeps her going through all situations. When Mya is challenged by the class mean girl, Naomi, to participate in the school Wall of Fame Game Mya is motivated by the challenge as she thinks, ‘Everybody is looking at me. Naomi just called me out like the bad guys called out Annie Oakley, back in the Wild West, for a duel in the middle of the street.’ “I have no choice,” Mya announces to her best friend, Connie. Yee-haw!

Mya’s competitive spirit leads her to study daily for the Wall of Fame Game. Mya  also practices every day to re-create her mom’s chili recipe until she gets it right so she may win the community contest. Mya’s mom has won the last two years, but her baby girl is due to be born any day, and she must stay off her feet. Mya accepts this challenge so mean Mrs. Frazier won’t win. Cowgirl Mya is intent upon stealing the show at the chili contest by performing a cowgirl chili song.

Mya, her brother, and their friends all help to prepare the room for the new baby girl, Macey so it will be ready when she is brought home from the hospital. All of the friends also display a generosity of spirit in helping without expecting anything back.

Mya wins one contest, but not the other. Her mother explains that the beauty of entering both contests gives a reason for the family to work together as a unit so they can help one another practice to accomplish their goals. While Mya is determined and has a one track mind about winning, her older brother, Nugget, is a wonderful example of another way to handle challenges. Nugget tries repeatedly to make the baseball team, but once he realizes his strength lies in coaching, he graciously announces to his family, friends, and coach that he excels at coaching and would like to act as an assistant coach to bring his team to victory. And that’s what he does.

I loved this book for showing readers how a functional family and community work with healthy competitiveness and a generous spirit in helping loved ones achieve their goals. Everyone in this story worked hard for what they wanted to achieve. No whining allowed!

Lesson Ideas—

The author included the following website as provided by Mrs. Heather Renz who provided information from the Mastery Club as a reference for anyone interested in playing the Wall of Fame Game or looking for other teaching tools to use in the classroom or at home. Click here .

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Please Join Me! April 29 Authors Fair-Port Washington Library, LI, NY

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Literacy Scores Down? I Can Help

Welcome to my blog!

Literacy scores down? I can help. ElaineDonadio.com is an invaluable resource.

Need ideas for using my middle grade books? Please click here to visit my website/blog for lesson ideas and study guides. Tie-ins with science, social studies, and literacy.

*Whole class reading activity, much like a text book. I’m still a proponent of the balanced literacy and whole language movements where students imitate the activities of the characters in the books. The science presentations can act as a springboard to an actual student activity.

*Small group discussion. Each book can be presented to the rest of the class as a play, Readers Theater, science fact presentation according to chapter contents, individual reports, a multimedia presentation, chart presentations, etc.

*Independent reading and/ or book reports.

*Supplemental classroom reading can serve as material for class discussion, report or presentation.

*Multiple intelligences can be addressed by allowing presentations of the book plots or actual science or social study facts through the visual or performing arts. How bout a dance of the dolphins? Or a play about how creatures interact in their environments? A song telling the life cycle of an insect? A watercolor representation of the underside of a horseshoe crab? Creating a costume to demonstrate how creatures can be camouflaged in their worlds? A news flash detailing the dangers of fracking on the environment? A puppet show detailing the swamp biome?

*Instead of traditional text –books, use my books. Perhaps, the students can write letters to one another or to friends and family telling what they’ve learned. Create a class newspaper account of a day in the life.

*Brainstorm a combination of modalities to be presented at a school assembly.

*Utilize the formula poems found in The Ocean’s Way and The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion as a model and have the students present facts in this same format.

*Conduct an author study to compare and contrast my books with one another or with books by other authors.

* Create a diorama or model to show relationships, life cycles, or habitats.

*Design a travel brochure for the places the book characters visit.

*Vote for a class president using the book characters as candidates.

 

Book Titles The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo?,
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, 
Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

All titles are available for preview and purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Available in digital and paperback formats.

Questions? Call 718-746-0758 or click here to email.

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Study Guide 5- The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 14-18.

Please see my Nov. 2, 2017 blog post for the updated study guide schedule.

You can preview and purchase The Ocean’s Way at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

This is the last study guide for this book. You might want to purchase Who Do Voodoo? to be ready for our next focus book for January.

Holly and Jasmine have experienced many changes. Holly in particular is deeply affected by what she has learned about dolphins and pilot whales giving her a new understanding of how each person can contribute to the balance of nature and the preservation of the environment.

 

These questions are based on Chapters 14-18.

 

1. List at least five facts you learned about manatees. What has the state of Florida done to insure their safety?

2. List at least five facts you have learned about pilot whales. In what ways are pilot whales like humans? In what ways are they different? What is it about pilot whales that make them so vulnerable? What other creatures can you think of whose behaviors could lead to their own downfall?

3. How are donations used to help rescued sea creatures in Florida? Why do you think the government and people of Florida attach so much importance to maintaining the safety of the wildlife in their state?

4. Design a fundraising campaign in your school and/ or community to help raise money to help in the rescue of stranded sea creatures. Decide how to raise the money. Create a poster. Research marine rescue organizations. Choose one to be the recipient of your monetary gift. You do not actually have to put this plan in practice, but please do the plan either way.

Which creatures need rescuing where you live? What could you do to help?

5. Take a look at Holly’s poem about the ocean on the last two pages of Chapter 18. Explain Holly’s fascination with the ocean. Design a T-shirt to capture Holly’s message using a slogan, images, and words to attract attention.

6. Holly and Jasmine have both changed from the beginning, middle, and end of the book. How has each one changed? What influenced these changes? Do you believe these changes are temporary or permanent? Support your answer.

If you had to choose one thing to change about yourself, what would it be? Make a decision now to accomplish this goal. Research. Analyze. Plan. Do.

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book or outside resources. Seek and you shall find!

Next: Who Do Voodoo? Study Guide 1. See you on Dec. 30, 2017!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author @elainedonadio.com

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