Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Gopal's family is forced to leave their village and is lured to the big city of Mumbai, where jobs are supposedly plentiful. While wandering in the slums, Gopal is offered a job at a factory, which turns out to be a sweatshop. Gopal is locked in a shanty with five other boys and is unable to tell his family where he went. The boys must try to band together to escape Scar, the boss who has them gluing beads on picture frames for twelve hours a day. Will they escape and find their families, or will they be sent to the fireworks factory and never see their families again? This book will keep students guessing right until the very end.
Monday, March 15, 2010
This book is an excellent choice not only for St. Patrick's Day or folktales, but also for cause and effect. Every action causes as reaction, so I have been charting causes and effects on the whiteboard. And there are some good vocabulary words in there, too. Practice your Irish brouge and check this out!