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Miss Taylor's Book Picks

I am a student teacher at the University of Montevallo and graduate in May of 2019. I would like to use this blog to keep track of books that I hope to use in my future classroom.

The Curse of the Yelnats Family

Holes - Louis Sachar

Holes is the fictional account of the life of Stanley Yelnats IV. The Yelnats family is cursed because of Stanley’s no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. His great great grandfather broke a promise to a friend leaving him with a curse that made life hard for future generations of the Yelnats family. The curse leads Stanley to be wrongly charged for a crime he did not commit. The judge gave him two choices, either he could go to jail or go to a camp for wayward boys, Camp Green Lake. Stanley’s choice to go to Camp Green Lake instead of jail leads him on adventures of hole digging, and joy riding. This book would be great during a social studies unit about ancestry. It provides a quirky story for how Stanley’s family functions and would help students piece together stories passed down in their families. The DRA level is 50.