# 010003

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Item #: 010003
ISBN: 9780440414803
Grades: 4-10

Product Description:

Sentenced to hard labor digging holes for a crime he did not commit, the protagonist learns to have faith in himself in this sad and funny Newbery award winner.

Category Description for Progeny Press Study Guides & Books:

The best way to describe these wonderful books is “literature and Bible study rolled into one.” Truly from a Christian perspective, these classic and award-winning books are examined in the light of God’s Word and a Biblical worldview. The author sent us several review copies and they are wonderful!

Each guide includes:

  • a concise synopsis of the book
  • information about the book’s author
  • background information pertinent to the story
  • suggestions for activities relating to the subject matter
  • introduction of literary terms
  • vocabulary exercises for each section of reading
  • comprehension, analysis, and application questions for each section of reading with discussion of related Biblical themes
  • a complete answer key and suggestions for further reading

Their brochure states “Our goal is to teach students of all ages to examine what they read, Christian or secular, classic or contemporary, and value the truth it contains as measured against the Bible.” A worthy goal indeed! If you want to study great literature from a Christian perspective, here’s your answer! If in doubt, try just one - we’re sure you’ll be back for more!

Progeny Press guides are available in two formats: softcover staplebound booklets and CD-ROMs. The CD-ROMs originally featured printable .pdf files, but Progeny Press is now transitioning these to interactive .pdf files. Inspired by a tax software, these files are able to be used by the student on the computer, or printed out. Questions in the files have text boxes to type in or buttons to select, so you won’t have to print worksheet pages if you don’t want to. Plus, users can grade their answers and leave notes as well! Upper Elementary through High School CD guides are now interactive, while Lower elementary titles are remaining the same, printable but not interactive. All books to accompany study guides are available from us for your convenience.

Category Description for STUDY GUIDES & BOOKS:

Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
Reprint, Illustrated
Series Title
Newbery Ser.
10 to 11
PEN Center USA West Literary Awards ( NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD ) 1999 ; National Book Awards ( WON AWARD ) 1998 ; Dorothy Canfield
Louis Sachar
Brand Name
Bantam, Doubleday and Dell
0.4 (lbs.)
7.62" x 5.12" x 0.69"
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co-op using
Marti H on Jul 16, 2021
using for literature
Nancy on May 7, 2020
co-op using
Marti H on Jul 16, 2021
Erika H on Aug 20, 2020
using for literature
Nancy on May 7, 2020
Summer reading.
Heather K on Mar 23, 2019
Ive always wanted to read it soI want toshare it with my son. I read good reviews else where
Terri S on Aug 18, 2018
On our read aloud list this year.
Stephanie C on Jul 20, 2018
Needed the book for guide - great price
Kimberly G on Sep 7, 2017
Martha S on Apr 11, 2017
Erika H on Aug 20, 2020
Summer reading.
Heather K on Mar 23, 2019
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Daughter loved it
My daughter (11) loved this book, as she has also loved the Wayside School books. She read it in one evening, so I guess that speaks for itself.
May 29, 2021
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