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Search for the Shadowman
by Joan Lowery Nixon

Do you have a skeleton in your closet?

Andy Bonner stumbles upon a skeleton in his closet after his teacher assigns a research project that requires him to explore his family history. When he begins to ask his family questions, he is surprised when he hits a brick wall. His family is silent about one ancestor, Coley Joe Bonner, who turns out to be a black sheep in his family. What secret are they hiding about this mysterious family member? Determined to uncover the truth, Andy dives into other sources of information from the Internet to the library, to the local cemetery.

The plot thickens as clues pop up to help Andy unravel the mystery but threaten his best friend. Will Andy's search reveal exactly what the skeleton hides? Will it destroy the reputation of the town's founding father? What lesson will the family learn from the answer?

Search for the Shadowman invites students to enjoy a masterful mysterious work of historical fiction by celebrated author Joan Lowery Nixon, respond to her story, write their own historical fiction story, and use a rubric to develop excellence in their writing.


A 17-page unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts for projection on your SmartBoard for Search for the Shadowman is now available!

The Kids' Wings Study Guide Contains:
Before You Begin
Read-Aloud Character Partners
Silent Reading Character Journal
Family Tree
Questions Please!
Anticipation Guide for Each Chapter
Searching the Shadows Multiple Choice Plus
Searching for Family
Finding the Right Word Multiple Choice
Technology's Family Tree
Searching Scientifically
Problem Solving
End of the Search, Coley Joe's Last Steps
The Tough Questions
Making History, A Texas Logic Puzzle
Our Own Historical Fiction Story
Example of a Historical Fiction Story Written by a Fourth Grader
Rubric for a Historical Fiction Story
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys


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Search for the Shadowman
by Joan Lowery Nixon

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