Thursday, October 7, 2010

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn

I was alarmed by the jacket flap for Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn. It sounded way too scary to be a read aloud for the fourth and fifth grade classes. But it's not, and I recommend it as a Joliet Reads choice.

There were scary moments, but I think kids in fourth and fifth grade could handle them. One reservation is that one of the bad guys, Silas, punched his ex-wife and child. However, it had been established that Silas was a really bad person who had spent time in jail. In addition, all of the villains were arrested so will face consequences, which should meet students' need for justice.

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