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The Secret School by Avi

Book Summary

When their teacher must leave suddenly, a fourteen-year-old takes on the responsibility of running the one-room schoolhouse in Colorado, in order to pass exams. Not everyone approves.

The Secret School book cover
The Secret School

Book Review

This is a short book about determination in pursuit of a goal, in spite of natural human conflicts - peers jostling for power, uncertainty about how to proceed with something new, adults doubting the capability of teens. It's similar to Farmer Boy in character, but with far fewer descriptions of food and animals. It may generate some good discussions, and although it's set in the past, modern readers - even reluctant readers - can still relate to the central conflict.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Self-Confidence; Determination
  • Setting and Reaching Goals
  • Teamwork
  • Teaching; One-Room Schoolhouse

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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