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Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates
by Kim Kennedy

A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

What is your favorite kind of story? A ghost story? A funny story about modern kids? A cool mystery? A story about pirates? A story with some crazy characters? A school made from a 400-year-old castle?

What if one story combined ALL of your favorites? It would be named Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates!

Misty Gordon is the daughter of a rather weird father who drives an old converted ice cream truck with the word "DEAD" painted on the side. "DEAD" is the acronym for "Deceased Estate and Antiques Dealer."
(He still hasn't figured out how to disconnect the speaker, so it still plays the ice cream truck music.) When someone dies, Mr. Gordon purchases the dead person's things.

Misty sometimes go along with her dad and little brother just to see what kind of treasures are in the old houses, but on one trip ... the one to Fannie Belcher's house ... Misty gets more than she bargained for! Would you believe, Fannie Belcher's diary? (If she can just CATCH it every time it flies out of Fannie's desk!) And then, there's her old timey telephone ... that sometimes actually RINGS even though it's not connected! Her father brings Fanny's old tattered, molting mink coat for her mother, but there's life in it, yet. Sort of.

Probably the creepiest item from Fannie Belcher's house are her squinty-eyed glasses. You won't believe what happens when Misty puts them on!

When strange things begin to happen, Misty and her friend Yoshi investigate and are shocked to find evidence of pirates, ghosts, and an evil plot to kill and destroy!

This story will become a favorite of avid readers and reluctant readers as well! Its challenging vocabulary, descriptions, and figures of speech will make teachers' mouths water, and the hysterical character and store names will keep everyone rolling on the floor.

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to use fun, exciting, well-written literature in a story about ghosts, pirates, family, and mystery to entice kids to love for reading and develop skills as a bonus will want make this book and the Kids Wings activity guide part of their classroom libraries.

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A Kids Wings unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates is now available for instant download!

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards;
Anticipation Guide;
Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction;
Where in the USA are the New England States and England?
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools with Journals;
The Mystery and Objects of Importance;
Become a Character, Literature Circle Roles;
A Character Study Template;
All Chapters, Vocabulary Lists and Prediction Questions;
Vocabulary Game, Chapter 1;
Chapter 1, Character and Setting Multiple Choice Check Up;
Visualizing Chapter 2;
My Illustration of Ashcrumb Elementary School;
Creating the Puzzle Pieces, Chapter 1-3;
Chapters 4 and 5 Multiple Choice Check-up;
Visualizing Chapter 5;
Halloween: Visualizing Chapter 6;
Summarizing Chapters 8-9;
The Scrolls, Chapter 10 Multiple Choice Check-up;
Logic Puzle: The Beginning of the End;
Chapters 12-13, Short Answer and Multiple Choice Check-up;
The Robin Hood Pirate Puzzle;
Recalling, Analyzing, and Writing About the Events;
What's Real? What's Fantasy? Research Page;
Writing with RAFTS;
Complete Vocabulary Lists with Activity Suggestions by Chapters;
Five-in-a-Row board game;
Answer Pages;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

by Daniel Rowe's original composition, "Mystery"

Pages in the Misty Gordon Activity Guide:

More Ghost Stories

More Great Mysteries:
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillsted Butler--Easy Chapter Book
The Big House by Carolyn Coman
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
The Gorillas of Gill Park by Amy Gordon
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson

Masterpiece by Eloise Broach
My Chimp Friday, The Nana Banana Chronicles by Hester Mundis
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine by Diane Stanley
The Sherlock Files: The 100-Year Old Mystery by Tracy Barrett
Who Stole Halloween? by Martha Freeman

Way Down Deep by Ruth White
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Atherton, The House of Power
by Patrick Carman

More Pirate Stories
The Giant Rat of Sumatra by Sid Fleischman
Pirates by David Harrison (realistic poetry)
The Thirteenth Floor by Sid Fleischman (Contact Suzy Red for the unit)
How I Became a Pirate (great picture book)

Other Literary Connections
That Involve Solving Puzzles:

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Kids Wings Unit as a download and in the Light in the Darkness
Surviving Antarctica by Andrea White

Kids Wings Unit in Forever Friendships
The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine by Diane Stanley
Kids Wings Unit in Defeating Giants

Special Offer!
Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates is included in the Kids Wings Reading Out of the Box collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. It contains 848 pages of activities in 25 titles PLUS a "Jeopardy-type" game for each novel! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $19.95, but if you order Reading Out of the Box, you can get 25 literature guides for only $35, or less than $1.40 each! This is probably the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!



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