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Five Best Books for Teen Readers Miss Frog Recommends

This post was written by our teen writer, Miss Frog. If you scroll down after reading her book reviews, you will find links to more of her posts. She is a vegetarian, hedgehog owning, artist, reader, writer, and believer in the power of crystals.

 
 
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The Bitterwine Oath

by Hannah West

The Bitterwine Oath was an astonishing read. There is changing plot and emotions, changing feelings, and a happy ending, this book has it all. You can read this book and not get bored, the one thing I will note though is that it is very hard to get into, it doesn’t get to the point fast enough for me personally to be into it. If you have plenty of time on your hands though this should be a good read. If you like witchcraft and and thrillers, this book is for you. It puts witchcraft in a bad light but then the perspective changes. I highly recommend reading The Bitterwine Oath as a longer read if you are between the ages 12-20, I recommend this age range because it has all teenage characters, so it might be hard to relate to the almost all teenage characters otherwise, if that make sense. This link will take you to the Goodreads page with dozens of reviews.

Carolyn’s notes: I also read this book. It is clear and understandable. In my opinion, the book is just too long. But it does seem to be an exciting teen read for the right age group interested in independent characters after a long beginning.

 
 
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Pride and Premeditation

by Tirzah Price

Pride and Premeditation is a re-do of Pride and Prejudice, I had an amazing time reading it 100% recommend. This book is old fashioned and has great visual imagery. It defeats the standard that women can’t do crime solving while also being somewhat romantic. This book was sold as a somewhat-romantic novel, which it turned out not to be, it was one kiss at the last page, so if romance is what you are looking for I wouldn’t get this book; on the other hand, there is a huge plot twist and curious sisters, so it still is very entertaining, and kind of mysterious. This books about a 16 year old who has a father with a law firm, she wants to work for it but they won’t let her because of her gender, once she solves the case however, they let her work there. Overall this book was a very fun read with a huge plot twist and interesting characters, I think this book could be read by people 12 and above! See more on Goodreads. 

 
 
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Fear Street: The Beginning

by R.L. Stine

I loved every second of reading this book! This book had such good visual imagery and has very short reads considering it is a series of 4 tiny books. The good part of having it be a mix of 4 stories is that it is all the same kids, or the same high school at least, you get to know the characters very well by the end. This book was definitely a thriller, every last story, every chapter left you at a cliff hanger which just made you even more interested, this book gets a 5 stars from me. My one problem with this book however is that I found myself often reading the bottom of the page first at the end of a chapter simply to see what happens because you know something is going to. I recommend this to people ages 10-16. There is more information on Goodreads.

 
 
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A Silent Night: A Christmas Suspense Story

by R.L. Stine

This book was an intoxicating read, it had cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, so you get very wrapped up in it pretty quickly. A silent night is a quick read, around 200 pages or so. If you like scary books and certain holidays, this book is for you as it is based around Christmas time! I recommend this book for people 10-15, a very fun read if you are short on time. Find more on Goodreads.

 
 
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Wilder Girls

by  Rory Power

This book was okay, it was very hard to get into but once your into it, it is amazing! Wilder Girls is a sad book about an epidemic at a school named Raxter, it is a disease called the Tox, it causes a bunch of ailments to the girls of the school and can make you turn grey! It has great description of everything so this is a very easy book to envision. I liked this read, it was fun, it was kind of sad in a way because of the deaths from the Tox but overall has a baseline of strong connections with others. I recommend this book for people 12-17. More information about this title is available on Goodreads.

Carolyn’s Notes: I also read this book. The Tox is terrible but limited to an island with the Raxter school and not much else. Friendships are very important to the protagonists. I say  it is “worse than the curse” as the Tox seems to be based on female hormones. There are only two kisses in the book for parents who may be wondering.

 
 
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Introducing Miss Frog, artist and author

Miss Frog is a vegetarian, artist, reader, writer, and believer in the power of crystals.

 
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Miss Frog colored the Elmer the Elephant PDF on her iPad as an example. She used the PDF and she filled in the spaces with a variety of colors and textures. She has many talents and is an artist.

 
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The Story of Ferdinand (1936) by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson is about a pacifist bull. He prefers to smell flowers. Miss Frog helped Miss Owl enjoy this book.

 
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Hi! Ms Frog here, and I’m here to tell you why I chose to be vegetarian! First off I really care for animals truly, I think they are beautiful creatures and deserve to be treated as such. (Warning! This is all my opinion and if you chose to eat meat I don’t disagree at all!, that is your belief.)

 
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Miss Frog knows about crystals and has written a post for people who might want to learn more. She discusses several crystals. Some crystals are for beginners. Very interesting stress relief!

 
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Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee is a sweet story in the Elmer elephant book series. While the adults work on festive preparations, Elmer takes the young ones up the mountain. Seeing their first snow, they have a fun time. They find a tree they can “easily return.” Good idea! In this story, the baby elephants want to give people gifts, too, not just receive presents. And Elmer, a star among the elephants, helps the young ones meet Papa Red. Miss Frog is a star who helps Miss Owl read and create art.

 
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Why Ms. Frog adopted a pet hedgehog!

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A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World

It is summer and Read Around the World again! All summer people have been recommending books for students to read to learn more about cultures around the world. This is the 7th annual Read Around The World Summer Series for Multicultural Kid Blogs. It runs from June 15 – August 14 this year. You can find all the recommended books on social media with the hashtag #readaroundtheworld.

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. Previously I reviewed and created teaching supplements for two of O’Beara’s other books, Rodeo Finn and Showjumping Team. Although not a trilogy, this is her third horse-theme book which is perfectly aligned with current events. The situation all families found themselves in last spring is described when Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She is worried about if her family, and especially her gran, will become sick. She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

Remember those days? Reading this book, I remembered the feelings I first had when I heard of Covid-19 caused by novel coronavirus. The world seemed upside down. Everyone seemed scared as restaurants and schools closed. Mum gives Moya sage advice and is honest with her. It was reassuring to read those conversations which might help clarify the situation for some readers.

The setting of the story helped Moya continue to care for her pony which helped lower costs, but also gave her something nice to do during the lockdown. The stable was 2 kilometers from her house, the furthest people were allowed to travel. We learn about the other rules in Ireland at that time. The guards did question her once and asked for her phone number. People who did not live near the stable decided to turn their ponies out to the pasture. The cost of livery would otherwise have been too high.

Moya settles into online school and learns the ropes of muting her microphone and participating in her teacher’s Instagram group. Otherwise, she is not allowed on Instagram. She also cares for her younger brother who is autistic. The way the family cares for the brother is enlightening for people who are perhaps unfamiliar with neurodiversity. Gran is always in Moya’s thoughts, and she calls and sends videos to stay in contact.

The parents of pony riders have a clever thought to hold a virtual horse show. Behind the scenes, they decide to give prizes, as well, which is a complete surprise to Moya and the other riders. During the story, Moya is saving money for a rug (a blanket) for her pony which will be clipped short when the actual horse shows begin again. She does save enough money, which is another important life skill.

Of course, I made a teaching supplement for homeschools and teachers. It is a free instant download at the next link:

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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the other books, as well.

Carolyn

Discussion questions for A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O'Beara
 

There are two pages of discussion questions for A Pony for Quarantine. Students should support their answers with text evidence by citing passages in the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

 
Matching questions and answers work page for students (answer key provided)
 

Matching names and descriptions will take some understanding of the story for students to be successful. This is where thinking while reading helps students understand the book.

 
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This is a thinking page that shows what Moya considered before deciding how to care for her pony during the lockdown.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.3
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

 
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A crossword puzzle and a word search are included in the student pages.

 
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Students consider the points of view of some of Moya’s friends when completing the Instagram possible posts pages.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

 
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Students consider the points of view of some of Moya’s friends when completing the Instagram possible posts pages.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

 
 
Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
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Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 

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Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Horse books with free book companions for Clare O’Beara Novels.

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Show-Jumping-Team-Clare-O-BearaShow Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. I enjoyed the book, learned so much about horses, and found the story compelling. I then made a student book companion pack with a focus on comprehension. The PDF also includes a writing project with ISNs (interactive students notebook pages), writing frames, and a rubric. Instructors may select from the pages in the printable as to what might fit the needs of the class. It may be used with one, a few, or a large group of students. O’Beara’s books seem to have mechanical scenes where women are not afraid to help, or indeed solve their own car or van issues. I like the strong women protagonists in her books.  There is plenty of adventure to keep teens and pre-teens reading.

Rodeo-Finn-Clare-O-BearaRecently, I reviewed O’Beara’s book, Rodeo Finn, and made a free book companion for teachers and homeschools at this link. Boy and girl characters are in both books, making them appealing to all readers. Neither book has romance or kissing, so parents are advised the books are wholesome reads. They are also educational with detailed information about horses, horse care, competitions, levels, prizes, practice, and final events. The facts flow seamlessly into the story and fit naturally.

 
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Click the next link for the free printable student pack.

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The student novel companion contents include:

Page 5 Discussion Questions

Page 6 Charting Characters (circle correct answers)

Page 7 Matching Time (match letters with numbers)

Page 8 Color and name the horses

Page 9 Writing project teacher talk and student interactive notebook directions

Page 10 Create-a-Team (name the characters)

Page 11 Story star pre-writing planning page

Page 12 Character traits student notebook interactive

Page 13 Horse characters student notebook interactive

Page 14 Settings for the story student notebook interactive

Page 15 Show jumping competition awards student notebook interactive

Pages 16 and 17 Blank writing frames for student story diamond drafts (if word processing is not used)

Page 18 Writing piece rubric

Pages 20 and 21 Possible story cover art

Page 22 Optional car parts diagram to label

Page 23 Optional sequencing Shay’s accident page

Pages 24-28 Answer Keys

 
 
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The discussion page may be assigned for small group work, used as a teacher led discussion for a large group, or even assigned as written work for students to write their answers. Writing out all the answers could become tedious, so perhaps groups of students are assigned six or so questions to answer.

 

For the “charting characters” page, students only have to circle correct answers that match the characters. An answer key for instructors is provided in the printable.

 
 
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This matching page is to help students make connections to characters and events in the story. Letters A through O are filled in next to numbers to demonstrate reading comprehension. An answer key for teachers is provided.

 
 
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A story star pre-writing page is provided for students to think about and plan their stories for the writing project. Characters, settings, the problem/solution, and story goal are all considered so students have a map to follow when writing.

 
 
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A few interactive student notebook pages are included, and it would be up to the teacher as to how many of the pages should be copied and completed by students. This one is to plan characters, and only four will be in the final show team. Which one should be captain? Which one will groom and help the day of the competition? Students have an opportunity to think and brainstorm as these pages are completed, cut according to directions, and added to their writing notebooks.

 
 
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A rubric for student self-assessment is provided, and another for teacher assessment. The rubric could be shown prior to work on the book companion pack, and during a teacher-student writing conference, also. This will help students understand how they will be assessed and what is expected of them as far as the writing project. Teachers might add word length requirements, also.

 
 
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Madeline helps Gary change a flat tire in the book. Teens might like to know the names of some car parts, or those who know could teach those who don’t. It is important knowledge for everyone! This is an optional page.

 
 
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Two coloring pages are included for students to demonstrate their artistic talents. These may be used to help create covers for the finished writing project, also.

 

You might also like to see:

Clare O’Beara’s website

Clare O’Beara’s Blog

Clare O’Beara on Goodreads

and Clare O’Beara on Amazon

I know upper middle grades and YA readers will really enjoy O’Beara’s horse themed books!

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
Rodeo Finn blog post and free student book companion
 

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free
 

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
Dining-Out-Around-Solar-System
 

Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining-Out-Series-book-3-by-Clare-O-Beara
 

Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining-Out-on-Planet-Mercury
 

Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 

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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo-Finn-Clare-O-BearaRodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The two protagonists are cousins. Finn is from a small but productive farm in Ireland run by her family. She visits her Uncle Jack’s ranch near Phoenix and learns how large ranches can be in America. She finds out the several small buildings by her uncle’s house are where the workers live. The land is too big for one family to maintain.

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O’Beara cleverly avoids the topic of romance by having the protagonists be related. Romance is not a part of this book. Most of the story focuses on work with horses and plenty of learning about western riding, different kinds of horses, Irish farms, American ranches, and rodeos.

Finn’s lush family farm supports four cows per acre. Sean’s family land supports one cow with ten acres of scrubland, and at that, the cattle are rotated to prevent overgrazing. Finn learns rodeo steers can sweat, live on tough grass, weigh about 2000 pounds, and resist tick infections. The two teenagers compare and contrast their knowledge throughout the book, which is a social studies learning opportunity. Students will widen their views of the two countries while reading.

*Note to parents and teachers: Finn’s best friend dies early in the story. There is some discussion of religious beliefs about this event between Finn and her mother. Also, Finn attends her first protestant church service while in Arizona. Religion is not a major premise of the book, but be advised the topic could come up in discussion.

The house Finn lives in has been handed down through the generations, as her father was the eldest son. By contrast, Sean lives in a wooden house. Finn learns how to country dance during her stay. Uncle Jack’s housekeeper, Luisa, has a son who breeds, trains and, sells horses, Rodriguez. One thread of the story involves the differences between English riding with jodhpurs, jacket, and helmet, from western riding and rodeos.

Rodriguez, Sean, and Finn all compete in the County Show, which is a rodeo. Finn has to buy a few clothing items and borrows some other things to wear for the competition. Luisa helps by doing some tailoring work on Finn’s new pants. The events at the show go well, and there is an unexpected event when Sean is in danger. The ending of the book is a surprise, even to Finn.

This book is excellent for students who are interested in horses, Ireland, and ranches. The nonfiction information embedded in the story will help students learn new facts as pertains to the characters.

The following grade 7 standards could be partially met with a novel study of the book, Rodeo Finn.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.3
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

Next are some images of the student work pages in the free instant download. This packet is not written to standards and is intended to encourage a love of reading for teens interested in horses and travel.

 
Rodeo Finn Venn Diagram English and Western Riding
 

For this Venn diagram, students will find text-supported answers to fill out the chart for what is only English Riding, what is only Western Riding, and what they have in common. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
   
Match-up Time

For this matching page, students will find matches for characters and places in the book, Rodeo Finn. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Compare and Contrast
 

This T-chart will helps students mine the text for information about farming in Ireland as compared with the ranch in Arizona. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Charting the Characters -- Circle the Correct Answers
 

Students will circle correct answers on this character chart, checking the text to for support. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Horse Markings
 

Which is which? Students will color and write the name of each type of marking: blaze, snip, sock, star, stripe, stocking. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Describing different scenes in the book, Rodeo Finn
 

Students will read for understanding and find vocabulary to fill in the scenes chart. An answer key page provides possible answers. Answers will vary.

 
 

I hope you will like the book and the student companion! Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
 
Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
Rodeo Finn blog post and free student book companion
 

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 
 
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Book Review of Murder at Scottish Mensa 

by Clare O’Beara

On the Midwest Book Review, Carolyn Wilhelm’s Column

 

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Climate Change Educational Resources K-12

Climate Change Resources for Educators K-12

Fee instant PowerPoint and PDF curriculum for teachers of K-12 students to use. The lessons are linked below. This topic is important and timely.

 
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Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE: Students Help Save the Earth (Climate Captives)

In this futuristic book about how the world has changed due to global warming, students create projects to help save the earth. Living towers house those willing to stay inside community walls and resisters live in the nearby forest. The years 2019, 2027, 2028, and 2030 are especially important in this Cli-Fi middle-grade story. The dystopian ending is only for a few people who contributed to and thought they were escaping the end of life on Earth. Characters develop their own projects after researching and choosing their topics, and communicate by secret code when necessary. Endnotes provide documentation and online links for facts.

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The Economist Climate Change Issue Discussion Questions

Recently, I wrote a blog post about The Economist’s Climate Change Issue (9-21-2019). I can’t stop thinking about the articles and thought I could prepare a discussion guide for secondary teachers who might find the magazine in the school or local library. So, I did. I wrote questions for many but not all of the articles, thinking about what might be discussed in class.

Click on the link below to download your free instant PDF with the five pages of questions.

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Really, reading any of the articles might be enough to inform some people. They have really researched the information and presented it well.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page One
 

Page one of the PDF begins with the first article in the magazine regarding global warming, A Warming World: The Climate Issue provides background information. The questions on page one also include Briefing, Climate Change, What Goes Up. Is is easy to notice they do not say “goes down.” Many of their titles are particularly clever in this issue. Scientists discovered gases in our atmosphere decades ago. But like many scientific discoveries, the information was not widely accepted.

This page also asks questions about the Green New Deals article.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Two
 

Page two of the PDF discusses drought and the Panama Canal. A first thought might be that the Panama Canal probably has lots of water, and the sea level is rising, so what’s the problem? This article offers discussion of both drought and sea rise. It has alarming information of what could happen to the Caribbean Islands of San Blas if sea levels continue to rise. But how is there both drought and flooding? That is the question for students to consider.

Mexico’s identity rests on oil. One point in that article is that being an environmentalist is a luxury few can afford.

The page also has questions about the Asia article and how some areas are already planning for rising seas.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Three
 

Asian countries are among the top 12 for carbon emissions. They are also some of the most vulnerable. People will say China and India aren’t doing anything, but they are as mentioned in the article — just probably not enough.

The Europe section begins with Russia and how some people there are looking forward to rising temperatures. Student could read and find out why that might be true.

Germany is trying to end all dependence on coal, but this effort is meeting some difficulties. Why would it be a problem?

 
 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Four

The first question on page four is about how locals have renamed the olive groves, gives information about spittlebugs, and explains why climate change isn’t the culprit — directly.

Britain is trying to market offshore wind turbines, but they are not as wonderful as they might sound. The article describes the problems and how people are ever hopeful and working on this solution anyway.

The small island nations are in great difficulty as TIME Magazine’s climate change issue mentioned. (My blog post about that magazine also has a free PDF for teachers.) The islands are working together and getting the attention of larger countries.

Business has some climate capitalists who would like to do well for the planet and themselves as well. How there could be climate lawsuits in the future is also discussed.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Five
 
 

The first question on page 5 of the discussion hand-out asks about the biggest source of uncertainty in predicting how climate change will evolve. Why scientists are having difficulty is described in the Science and Technology section of the magazine.

Books and Arts provides the names of climate change artists and describes some performance art by “Cooking Sections.” It is very interesting. Climate change art is a thing.

The end of this issue of The Economist is an obituary for an 800-year-old glacier. It wasn’t the most remote. It wasn’t the smallest. The article does make one pause and think.

Thank you for reading,
Carolyn

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Review of The Economist Climate Issue 9-21-2019

A Warming World: The climate issue

The 9-21-2019 Economist magazine has many articles about climate change. They say their special issue is not all about the carbon-based climate crisis. The June 2019 Time magazine climate change issue had only one article. There is a free work page for students and answer key for teachers at this link for the Time magazine article. I wanted more information and consulted The Economist. Unlike the one-time article, however, except for short exerpts, the infomation is not free online. Libraries probably subscribe to the magazine, though

Near the beginning paragraph of the first article, it says:

“From one year to the next, you cannot feel the difference.”

For elementary students, I would say that from similar seasons they have experienced in their short lives, they might not feel much difference. Summer is summer, winter is winter, and so on to children. In summer, we swim and have picnics. In winter, we skate and go sliding. On some days, there might be an indoor recess due to rain or snow. The weather might seem different to them, while they are (like us) unaware of global warming. The cover of the September 21st 2019 edition of The Economist shows stripes on the cover, revealing temperatures have risen one degree Celsius.

What is the big deal about a one-degree rise in temperatures? This link is to an infographic “Earth Temperature Timeline,” that shows in cartoon form why a degree is a big deal. They mean Celsius when they talk about the rise in temperature, not Fahrenheit. For every 1-degree change in Celsius, there is a 1.8-degree change in Fahrenheit. The degree rise information would be a good topic for math class.

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Article one in The Economist’s climate issue is about how the changing climate touches everything. They say the issue “must be tackled urgently and clear-headedly.” They state the foundations of the world economy and geopolitics are carbon-based. It is not simple to solve the issues. They think this does not mean “shackling capitalism.” They say climate (alone) is never the entire story. This is why the topic of climate change is so controversial.

Other Background Information to Know

Before I continue the review of the articles, I want to share some information to help put this issue in context, in addition to the Earth Temperature Timeline (link above). The next image is from my free climate change PowerPoint for grades 3-6. Often people think climate change is inevitable due to our position third from the sun. The atmosphere of Venus is 96% carbon dioxide and has a temperature of 467 °C or 872 °F. Yet Mercury is closest to the sun and has an average temperature of 332 °C or 167 °F, and has a very thin atmosphere. Venus should be a lesson to us as we trap more and more carbon dioxide within our own atmosphere.

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Back to The Economist Climate Issue

We know what to do about climate change, but the difficulties in implementing solutions are complex. The article suggests using pricing on carbon could help innovations not yet imagined. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all. Although some countries have made improvements, it is difficult to know which countries are doing what when emissions in the world-wide atmosphere are considered. Twelve economies cause the most emissions. Capitalism and economic freedom must include global warming solutions.

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The following section is Briefing Climate Change. The first part is “What goes up.” The article explains the gasses in the atmosphere and people who discovered them decades ago, such as Joseph Fourier (French), John Tyndall (Irish), and Svante Arrhenius (Swedish). None foresaw that our emissions would be nearly 20 times as much as in 1900. The article explains why it has increased so much. Before 1950, scientists thought carbon dioxide would be absorbed in the oceans, which Roger Revelle disproved.

“In 1965 the carbon-dioxide level was 320 parts per million (ppm). The carbon-dioxide level is now 408 ppm, and still rising by 2ppm a year.”

Their ice-age chart helps us understand the changes. The chart subject line says it is “like an ice age in reverse.” The scientific information is complex, in-depth, and provided in the magazine. 90% of the warming is in our oceans, but that is not solving the problem; it is warming the earth. A different source online explains that land icebergs reflect sunlight, but when land icebergs melt, the water is blue and doesn’t reflect, which means it absorbs heat from the sun.

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The United Nations signed the 1972 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since then, there are been more emissions. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports there has already been a warming of more than 3 °C in the Arctic. The Paris agreement said the rise should be under 2 °C, so that is important to know. Maps and charts help students understand the dense text in the article. There is no certain temperature change that means anything catastrophic will happen to earth, but just as water boils at 212 °F, we are seeing certain heating at this time. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to make the necessary adaptations.

The obstacle course (Green New Deals) article evaluates whether big plans to deal with climate change can make a difference. America stands out as being the largest contributor to global warming and is reluctant to address the problems. The article says Americans who believe in climate change outnumber those who do not five to one. It has become a presidential election campaign issue. The many efforts to help the climate in the USA are described. The stances of the Democratic candidates are also described. The rhetoric of some Republicans has begun to change a little. Virginia coal miners are being retrained as beekeepers, which will help the environment, but larger nationwide programs are needed. More about other countries, The Panama Canal, and Bolivia are included in The Americas section.

Planning for rising sea levels: In Deep Trouble is the Asia article in this issue. The dramatic picture shows a family in North Jakarta, waist-deep in water carrying some of their belongings and trying to get to safety. Thirteen of the twenty cities predicted to have the most significant increases in annual losses caused by flooding are in Asia. According to Andreas, a geologist, the sea is rising, and the cities are sinking in parts of northern coastal Jakarta. Forty percent of Jakarta is now below sea level. Extensive amounts of money have been spent in Singapore. Systems were built, and as explained in the article, problems persist.

Fires in the Amazon are not the only ones smoldering on Earth. Indonesia, Sumatra, and Borneo have had fires. They need rain. The difficulties of stopping the fires from economic to location near peat bogs, weather, and unpaid fines are described. Peat fires burn underground much longer than above ground.

The Asia section says China has upheld pledges about greenhouse-gas emissions, but more must be done. It says power firms there proposed 500 new coal-fired power stations that, if built, will damn the planet. The article is very thorough.

Oil markets and the Middle East and Africa situations are also covered. How climate change makes it harder to reduce poverty in one of the world’s poorest states, Malawi, is explained.

The Europe section begins with “a warmer Russia” which some in Siberia are not against. New shorter shipping routes are opening up, and Russia is spending money on developing the routes. However, calamities due to increased warmth are also happening. Unstable weather problems are happening. However, most Russians are not very concerned with the temperature rise. Germany is reducing reliance on coal with some controversy. Southern Europe is seeing climate change destroy ancient olive groves. Again, the explanation is provided. Lessons from the largest offshore wind market in Britain are featured. Britain’s success is helping other countries who benefit from their experiences.

The International section explains the plight of small islands. I wrote about this in the Time magazine climate change article which is free and online for students and teachers. However, The Economist has an excellent article on this problem. The Business section is about climate change capitalists. The Science and technology section is also about climate change. As the beginning article states, climate change touches everything the magazine reports on.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

The video below is motivational and is not about climate change. However, an analogy may be made to climate change as it is about degrees of heat, although we do not need to turn up the heat on Earth. We don’t know the degree at which problems on earth will be insurmountable. One degree makes a big difference.

 

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TIME Magazine Climate Change Issue 6-24-19 Review

The June 24th, 2019 issue of TIME magazine was devoted to climate change. The article begins with a story about how complicated and out of the way it is to travel to Vunidogoloa, Fiji. The last leg of the trip follows a guide with a machete to arrive at the village. It was abandoned five years ago. Saltwater has encroached upon the environment. I noticed the magazine after attending a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Minneapolis, MN, in August of 2019.

The village administrator of Vunidogoloa says, “the rights of the living have been lost because of climate change.

The full article is available online at the next link. Teachers who want to use my free instant download PDF work page may direct students to the TIME link to read the article.

https://time.com/longform/sinking-islands-climate-change/

Click on the next link for your free instant download PDF.

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The free instant download PDF work page is a single page for students, with one corresponding answer page for teachers. This is an image of the student page:

TIME-June-24-2019-discussion-questions-freebie-PDF_Page_1This work is intended for students in upper grades and secondary school as the reading material has dense text. The United Nations, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, and words like Prime Minister would be helpful vocabulary for students to understand the article. An entire village had to be abandoned and moved to higher ground in Fiji. There are plans to move 40 more villages in the coming years. Wherever we live, this is important for us to understand. The implications are clear. Goals are for temperatures to rise no more than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. However, temperatures will rise 3 degrees Celsius if countries only adhere to their current plans. More has to be done, of course. Students who are concerned about climate change will be interested in this TIME magazine.

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Online articles are wonderful for schools as (after buying computers) there is free access to such resources. They are good for teacher information, as well.

A delegation who viewed the destruction in Fiji was brought to tears. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Guterres, is requiring nations to make commitments to reduce emissions. The U.N. is working on several efforts in this area.

Thank you for reading.

Carolyn

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