A Place to Hang the Moon

Kate Albus • Genre Sets the Stage

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 11–12 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

This guide contains the following features:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary devices
  • 3 Grammar or Punctuation Spotlights 
  • Literary Device: Genre Sets the Stage
  • Writing Activity: The Time Machine
  • 9 Discussion Questions
  • Book Club Party Ideas
  • 47 pages
  • Publication Date: December 2022

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A note about content

Parents may wish to preview the ratting scene in Chapter 13 in which a farmer pays children to exterminate rats on his farm. Sensitive readers might choose to skip this scene; doing so will not hinder their overall reading experience.

About the book 

It is 1940 and William, 12, Edmund, 11, and Anna, 9, aren't terribly upset by the death of the not-so-grandmotherly grandmother who has taken care of them since their parents died.

But the children do need a guardian, and in the dark days of World War II London, those are in short supply, especially if they hope to stay together. Could the mass wartime evacuation of children from London to the countryside be the answer?

It's a preposterous plan, but off they go-- keeping their predicament a secret, and hoping to be placed in a temporary home that ends up lasting forever. Moving from one billet to another, the children suffer the cruel trickery of foster brothers, the cold realities of outdoor toilets and the hollowness of empty stomachs.
 
But at least they find comfort in the village lending library-- a cozy shelter from the harshness of everyday life, filled with favorite stories and the quiet company of Nora Müller, the kind librarian.  The children wonder if Nora could be the family they've been searching for. . . . But the shadow of the war, and the unknown whereaouts of Nora's German husband complicate matters. 

A Place to Hang the Moon is a story about the importance of family: the one you're given, and the one you choose. – Amazon

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