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Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver
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Apr 12, 12

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Despite being slow in the beginning for students, this turned out to be a good E610 book content-wise. This is also one of the rare books where students actually expressed strong feelings about a character, to the point where they were actually "disappointed" in one of them hah. It was kind of great actually, listening to them say it was boring, but then watching them become more and more invested.

There is plenty to talk about (identity, character decisions, relationships, culture, responsibility to self, others, and nature) and some good essay/project opportunities. One unfortunate thing is that the major events happen right at the end of the book. I think it would be helpful to have a review day so that the kids have time to fully discuss, especially if they're finishing the reading on a vocab test day.

I'd recommend this be placed a few books into the year, still in the first quarter maybe, but definitely not the first book. I think the reading level is appropriate, but the kids were a bit confused by changing POVs and points in time (e.g. they didn't even notice an entire section from Wolf's POV). Also, since there is less "exciting action" for them to latch-on to, they need to have a bit of patience when reading.
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