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Join brave Molly in an arresting adventure In Classroom Six, second left down the hall,
honoring everyday acts of bravery—and the Henry is looking for a friend. This story from
power of friendship to banish the invisible the perspective of a boy on the autism
monsters that haunt us. spectrum celebrates the everyday magic of
finding a first friend.

A Friend for Henry


Brave Molly By Jenn Bailey • Illustrated by Mika Song
By Brooke Boynton-Hughes $16.99 US
$16.99 US 978-1-4521-6791-6
978-1-4521-6100-6

These activities are created by Kellee Moye, a middle school reading coach and teacher from Orlando, Florida. Kellee is the co-author of the blog Unleashing Readers; the author of various teaching These activities are created by Kellee Moye, a middle school reading coach and teacher from Orlando, Florida. Kellee is the co-author of the blog Unleashing Readers; the author of various teaching
guides; an elected member of the 2015–2018 ALAN (Assembly for Literature of Adolescents of NCTE) Board of Directors; the chair of the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award committee; guides; an elected member of the 2015–2018 ALAN (Assembly for Literature of Adolescents of NCTE) Board of Directors; the chair of the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award committee;
Hunter’s Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year 2017–18; and a member of NCTE, ALAN, and ALA. She can be reached at Kellee.Moye@gmail.com. Hunter’s Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year 2017–18; and a member of NCTE, ALAN, and ALA. She can be reached at Kellee.Moye@gmail.com.

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TINY T. REX IMPOSSIBLE HUG


RUBY ’S SWORD
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Ruby is always racing after her big brothers.
Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend But no matter how hard she tries, she can
Pointy needs cheering up, and only a hug will never catch up. Then one day, she discovers
do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex some sticks in the grass. Not just any sticks—
arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has swords! A tale of perseverance and the power
anything to say about it! of imagination.

Tiny T.Rex and the Impossbile Hug


By Jonathan Stutzman • Illustrated by Jay Fleck
$15.99 US
978-1-4521-7033-6 Ruby’s Sword
By Jacqueline Véissid • Illustrated by Paola Zakimi
$16.99 US
978-1-4521-6391-8
These activities are created by Kellee Moye, a middle school reading coach and teacher from Orlando, Florida. Kellee is the co-author of the blog Unleashing Readers; the author of various teaching These activities are created by Kellee Moye, a middle school reading coach and teacher from Orlando, Florida. Kellee is the co-author of the blog Unleashing Readers; the author of various teaching
guides; an elected member of the 2015–2018 ALAN (Assembly for Literature of Adolescents of NCTE) Board of Directors; the chair of the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award committee; guides; an elected member of the 2015–2018 ALAN (Assembly for Literature of Adolescents of NCTE) Board of Directors; the chair of the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award committee;
Hunter’s Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year 2017–18; and a member of NCTE, ALAN, and ALA. She can be reached at Kellee.Moye@gmail.com. Hunter’s Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year 2017–18; and a member of NCTE, ALAN, and ALA. She can be reached at Kellee.Moye@gmail.com.

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* Katie and Henry become friends despite their differences. Create a Venn diagram ** Monsters symbolizing Molly’s fears follow her through much of the book. As a class,
that illustrates their differences and as their similarities. look at the spreads in which the monsters surround Molly and have your students
identify the different fears that she could be feeling. Then ask each student to pick
◦◦ After completing the Venn diagram, discuss why it is important for friends to
be similar but also different. Ask students to use evidence from A Friend for one of the “monsters” and write a reflective journal entry about a time they felt that
same type of fear and how, like Molly, they overcame it.
Henry and from their own lives to support their claims.
** The climax of the book is when Molly finally turns around and confronts her
** When Henry interacts with Vivianne and Samuel, there are some misunderstandings
monsters, making her voice heard. Have students examine this spread. Brainstorm on
that lead to hurt feelings. Misunderstandings often arise when people have
the board what she could be shouting at the monsters. Then discuss: why is it
different points of view. Explain to your students that sometimes it helps to
important to make your voice heard? What is an example of a time when you stood
consider how different people might be feeling about the same interaction.
up for yourself, or for someone else? How did you feel? Was there a time in which
◦◦ Make a T-chart with Henry on one side and Vivianne on the other. On the left you wish you had spoken up? What might you have said in that situation, and what
side, have students record what Henry was thinking during the interaction with stopped you? In the future, what might you do so that you have the strength to
Vivianne, and on the right side, have them record what Vivianne was thinking. speak up?
Repeat the same exercise with Samuel.
◦◦ Next ask your students how Henry might have been feeling during these
interactions and write the answers in a different color (or on a new T-chart).
Do the same with Vivianne and Samuel.
◦◦ Once the characters thoughts and feelings have been mapped, ask students to
alter the sequence of events to make the situations more positive. Make sure
to focus on how the characters could have acted differently to be more
considerate of one another.

RUBY ’S SWORD TINY T. REX


AND THE IMPOSSIBLE HUG
** On a beautiful day with amazing clouds, take your class outside to watch the
clouds. Have them bring a journal or paper with them and ask them record the ** Tiny T-Rex has a very hard time hugging, but there are so many other ways to make
shapes they see (either by drawing or using descriptive language). When you return someone feel better! As a class, create a bulletin board titled “Ways to Improve a
inside, have them create a story using the images they “saw” in the clouds. Friend’s Day” or something similar. Create three different die-cut shapes of paper
** Throughout the story, two bunnies and a squirrel observe Ruby and her brothers. and give each student a set of the three shapes. Have them write three nice things
Ask students to rewrite the story from the animals’ point of view, sharing what they they can do if a friend is sad. Hang all of the suggestions on the bulletin board.
observed about the changes in the relationship between Ruby and her brothers. ** There are three types of dinosaurs featured in the book: t-rex, stegosaurus, and
pterodactyl. Divide your class into three groups and have them research the
different dinosaurs and present their findings to the class.