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The Books of Umber:
Happenstance Found

by P. W. Catanese

Awakening on the damp, cold floor of a black-as-midnight cave, a young man struggles to free his hands that are bound behind him.

Why is he here? As his hands break free, he reaches up to touch his eyes. Is he blind? He fingers a binding that covers his eyes. He hears a voice. Whose voice is it? It is the deep, gentle voice of someone who sounds as if he is entertained by what he has found. He will learn that the voice belongs to a good-natured, wildly creative adventurer from a world in which everything is new and strange.

With the blindfold removed, the young man's bright green eyes can see clearly in the darkness, but he has no memory of who he is, where he came from, or what events caused him to be bound on the floor of a cavern. He has yet to learn of his own incredible powers that must be developed through trial. The adventurer names him Happenstance. So begins an adventure like no other where the unbelievable is common and the destination is extraordinary.

Recommended for grades 4 and up, Happenstance Found will take you on a wild ride to a different world where mystery and adventure are threatened by supernatural forces intent on destroying Happenstance. The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic applications, all inspired by an exciting fantasy. Teachers who want to feed students' imaginations will make this book part of their classroom libraries.

Research Links
Happenstance Found by P. W. Catanese

About the Author, P. W. Cantanese

Story Moods and Tones

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You can purchase the Kids Wings unit PLUS a Jeopardy-type game
for Happenstance Found for immediate download for only $19.95!

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This 35-page Kids' Wings unit for The Books of Umber: Happenstance Found by P. W. Catanesewill enrich and extend your reading of this AWESOME fantasy adventure involving art history. It is perfect for paired, group, or whole class study. The unit includes
The Unit and 53-slide Jeopardy-type game will be delivered together in a Zip file to your email from a download code in your receipt.

The Download Unit includes:

Discussion Cards,
Anticipation Guide,
Readers’ Theater Introduction,
Getting Ready to Read an Adventure Fantasy,
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools,
Prereading Quick Writes,
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions,
Vocabulary Lists and Activities,
Character Study,
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension Activities,
Crossword Puzzle,
Visualizing the Story Activities,
Writing Rhymes and Poems,
Two Crossword Puzzles,
Recalling and Analyzing the Events, Chapters 14-17.
Recalling and Analyzing the Climax, Chapters 28-30,
Discussion and Writing Prompts.
PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game

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Happenstance Found is one of the 26 literature guides for award-winning literature in our Extraordinary Destinations Collection. Though you can order each unit individually for about $19.95, if you order Extraordinary Destinations you will get the 26 units for less than $1.00 each in a spiral-bound book with CD in its back pocket! Order now while we still have them to send to you!



With special thanks to the talented Matthew Drollinger for allowing us to use his original composition, "Nocturnal Escape," as our background soundtrack


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