# 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:

Among the many companies that offer a literature guide or study guide to use with a novel, Progeny Press does a beautiful job incorporating scripture into their literary analysis. I like how their guides begin with more basic comprehension questions and evolve into more challenging questions that encourage deeper thinking. Think of it as moving from who, what and where into the how and why’s. With Progeny Press, students are asked to draw comparisons between the literature they are reading and the Bible. Your student will use their own Bible in their preferred version.

New to literature study guides? They are an independent and flexible option for adding a literature component to your language arts. As your student reads a novel, the guide provides a framework, something like a workbook. The guide might suggest each learner read chapters 1 and 2, then answer some questions. Students answer directly in the guide. From a parent’s viewpoint, this is a time saver! You can set a schedule if you like, or just open their guide and ask them a question! Students love talking about what they are reading, whether they like it or not. Parent educators get a sense of the investment in the book each child has based on their remarks. In addition, parents could easily develop and add some deeper questions into an essay too.

Progeny Press has many titles to choose from. The age groups overlap in places because, well, that is not an exact science, is it? One student may read a book at age 10 and another at age 14. The age groups help a parent determine if the novel’s content is likely appropriate for a child’s age. Reading comprehension and literary analysis are an important component of any ELA year. A typical number of novels with guides is 4-6 a year, or 2-3 per semester. Some novels may take only a couple weeks to complete, while others take up to 8 weeks. Guides are currently available as softcover books, PDF format on CD-ROM, or PDF downloads available directly from the publisher at (progenypress.com). The guides are reproducible within one classroom or family.

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

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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Literature unit for my 9th grade picky reader. We'll give it a try - I purchased the study guide to go with it.
Aaron F on Aug 12, 2022
Erika H on Aug 20, 2020
Literature unit for my 9th grade picky reader. We'll give it a try - I purchased the study guide to go with it.
Aaron F on Aug 12, 2022
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
co-op using
Marti H on Jul 16, 2021
using for literature
Nancy on May 7, 2020
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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
over 2 years ago

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