December Book of The Month
A tale that weaves fantasy into the everyday life of a middle-schooler named Charlie. As Charlie struggles with typical middle school issues from boys, changing friendships, science projects, and dance recitals, she realizes these all lack importance in the wake of a family emergency. Whuile a talking fish may seem out of placein this scenario, Messner makes it work by creating humor and light- heartedness to an otherwise difficult topic. Readers will be cheering for Charlie and her family to overcome their troubles.
1. Research ice fishing. Where is it done? What equipment is used? What kinds of Fish are caught? Create a brochure using your research and elements of the story.
2. There are a lot of promises made in the story, especially between Abby and Charlie and their families. Make a promise to yourself and your friends or your family. Write a letter to your future self (maybe 18?) reminding your future self what you believe about substance abuse and why you want to make this promise.