Megan Andrews

Teacher Guide: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

When Winnie Foster tires of her life in the Touch-me-not Cottage, she runs away into Tree Gap Wood. There she discovers two mysteries: a secret spring that gives eternal life to all who drink from it and the Tuck family, who claim to have experienced the magic first hand. In an effort to protect both Winnie and the world from the powerful and dangerous water, the Tucks kidnap Winnie, who must decide what to believe.

Teacher Guide: The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings

In the “scrub” woods of central Florida, just south of Gainesville, Jody Baxter and his parents struggle to survive in a hostile wilderness. Jody’s father, Penny, has carved a little haven out of the marshland. Aptly named “Baxter’s Island,” their little home is perched precariously but offers Jody a sense of security. Yet for all that, Jody struggles with loneliness. Caught between childhood and manhood, Jody struggles to mature.

Teacher Guide: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

When Daddy takes the four Penderwick sisters -- Rosalind, Jane, Skye, and Betty -- on a summer vacation to Arundel estate in western Massachusetts, no one expects a life-changing experience. But when the girls meet the owner, Mrs. Tifton, and her son Jeffrey, that's exactly what they get. The first installment in Jeanne Birdsall's captivating Penderwicks series, this story is destined to become a classic. Birdsall's witty, warm, welcoming prose and her gift for portraying family relationships make this story an excellent read-aloud selection, as well as a great choice for classroom discussions of plot and character.

Teacher Guide: Straw Into Gold by Gary Schmidt

Drawing on the timeless fairytale of Rumpelstiltskin, in which a peasant girl becomes queen with the help of a strange little man who helps her to spin straw into gold at the cost of her first born child, this story provides the motivation behind the little man’s seemingly capricious bargain with the queen. Picking up the story years later when the babe has surely grown to adolescence, the tale begins again with the little man, known as Da, taking his boy, Tousle, to a parade in which captives from a rebel village are led by the victors through the town streets to receive their sentence before their king. The events that occur on this day lead Tousle on a quest to discover the answer to a new riddle upon which the lives of many will depend: “What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold?” 

Teacher Guide: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska d'Orczy

As the Reign of Terror threatens the safety of every nobly-born citizen in France, only one man dares to snatch the doomed from the jaws of the guillotine: an enigmatic Englishman who calls himself “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” As a wrathful French revolutionary, Chauvelin, scours England in search of the trickster, he blackmails Lady Blakeney, queen of fashionable society in England, into helping him to capture this brave leader. 

Teacher Guide: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Elusive Mr. Willy Wonka, the fabulously wealthy, candy making genius whom nobody has seen in years, has decided to choose five children to tour his secret candy factory.  This coveted privilege will go to those who find golden tickets in their Wonka Bars. Will underdog Charlie Bucket, the poor boy who lives with his family in a one room shack, be a winner?