Brief Annotation: This is a story about a young girl, Salamanca, who is taking a trip with her grandparents across the United States. Sal tells her grandparents stories about her experiences with her best friend Phoebe, whose mother disappears. Sal’s mother died tragically, and the story highlights how she copes and hopes to continue on with her life.
Grade Level: 4-6
Reader who will like this: Readers who love storytelling and interesting characters will surely like this story. It is imaginative and genuine, making it irresistably addicting.
Rating/Response: 5 – This is my favorite chapter book of all time. I have read it numerous times. It offers such insight and inspiration. It is a book that encourages readers to refrain from judging people without knowing their situations.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Based on the title, what can we infer that the story will be about and why? What about in terms of the cover of the book?
Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)
Rationale for Strategy: This is a must have book in any classroom. It shows students that they cannot judge someone before they walk in his or her shoes.
Posted by: Emma Henke