A little while ago, Gentle Reader, I had an inquiry from a librarian about a study/reading guide for Etiquette & Espionage. I am ashamed to say I didn’t even know such things existed. When I was a girl we read a book and, sometimes, did a book report. That was pretty much it. These days, teachers, librarians, and parents expect books for young readers to come with guides.
Apparently, this is kind of like a press kit meets discussion syllabus, including:
- cover art
- author photo/bio
- about the book/pre and/or post reading activities
- vocabulary words
- timelines (real and/or fictional)
- questions for discussion/essays
- links to other websites of interest
- suggested additional reading
- common core standards tie in
- character lists
“Isn’t that basically Gail’s website?” you say. I know, that’s what I thought too.
Nevertheless, I know that most teachers and librarians out there work brutally hard at their jobs. And there is a certain appeal in a guide for schools featuring a book about a school. Circularity! So I did the only thing I could, given my current deadlines and time constraints: I crowd sourced. I threw out the question to my readers (knowing many of them are librarians) to see if any has written a guide.
“Not exactly a study guide, but my review points out things adults might want to talk with kids about.”
So then I asked if anyone was interested in doing one for me. Ray & Elizabeth stepped to the plate. (Thanks guys!) And then I, because I am a perfectionist, reviewed and tinkered a bit.
So now, on my website in several places you will find the following:
Etiquette & Espionage Reading Guide and Vocabulary List
Here are two free printable pdfs for teachers, librarians, parents, and other interested parties.
Please feel free to spread the word to your local education establishments. We did our best to make it clear, easy to print, and entertaining.
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