9/18/13 ** Read aloud with another group of fourth graders. They were mesmerized. Interesting how children show engagement - some absolutely silent, with others calling out their predictions and gasps.
8/20/12 ** A excellent mentor text for Writing Workshop - memoir. It's easy to see how this might have started as an entry in the author's writer's notebook and then become a published text.
The text itself is suspenseful and clearly conveys a snippet in time.