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I'm not your average hero. I actually wasn't your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.

It all started with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn't a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I've ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades.

Don't believe me? I didn't believe it either. But you'll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got cloaked.

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Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining motifs, dramatic irony, and important references in the setting. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about point of view and the stages of plot. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, literary devices, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

"The Elves and the Shoemaker" is one of Grimm's Fairy Tales. It is the story of a poor shoemaker who receives help making shoes during the night by elves.  (This annotation contains an image)
These are famous shoe designers. 
So we know our narrator is a 17 year old boy named Johnny. He is a character in the story which means this novel is told from a first person point of view. Watch the video for a more thorough explanation of point of view in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following details shows that Ryan probably comes from a family with money? 
This detail along with the earlier mentioning of South Beach, sets this novel so far in Miami, Florida. 
One thing we can infer about the main character is that he is  
The "type" Ryan seems to be so far is a stereotype of a tanned, handsome, muscular lifeguard. He may look something like the picture below. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2

The swans, the fountain, the 30 foot windows, and the bellhops, all indicate that the Coral Reef is a ______________ hotel. 
Johnny knows a lot about designer shoes. 
This is "Excuse me" in French. So Victoriana is probably a French princess or at least she speaks French. 
Words like "ze," "allo," and "zese" show that the princess speaks another language and so is pronouncing any English words with a heavy accent. 
The fairy tale "Cinderella" has versions in many different countries. "Cendrillon" is a French opera based on this fairy tale.  
This idiomatic expression means to separate or become independent from your parents. The "cord" is in reference to the umbilical cord which literally fastens you to your mother's womb until you are born and it is cut. 
Since most writers use lots of figurative language in their novels, this may be a good place to include a video. See how many of these you already know! (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3

This is an example of what type of figurative language? 
Think of the setting of this novel and explain why the hotel would be less busy in the summer.  
The word "prototype" means the first of its kind or the original. Now we know that Johnny has an interest in designing his own shoes. Is that why the chapters open with lines from the story "The Elves and the Shoemaker"? 
Johnny's dream is to become a well known 
This is a reference to Target.  (This annotation contains an image)
You can tell that Meg is going to be an important character in this novel. Give three details from the story that support that inference. 

Chapter 4

What can you infer has happened? 
This detail reveals that Johnny's mom tries to make the best of a bad situation. 
The author has created a sympathetic character in Johnny. (In other words, we care about this guy). List three details from the story that create sympathy/feelings for Johnny. 

Chapter 5

The "paparazzi" are professional photographers who hang around famous people in order to take their picture and sell it to magazines, tabloids, newspapers, etc.  (This annotation contains an image)
The metaphor "mountains of meat" is used to describe  
Although more often used in poetry and speeches, this literary device makes words, phrases, and sentences sound better. What is it called? 
South Beach is a well known resort town in Miama filled with luxury hotels, fine restaurants, and plenty of bars, and nightclubs.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6

Dementia is a mental disease that strikes some in their older age where they can't think straight or reason clearly. One common form of dementia is Alzheimer's. 
What is the author's main purpose in this paragraph? 
A 'ruse" is a ploy or trick to get what you want. 
Victoriana seems to be a typical "damsel in distress." Watch the video on archetypes to get a better understanding of common character types.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 7

Why do you think the chapters so far in this novel begin with lines from fairy tales? 
This is an example of what type of figurative language? 
Aloria, where this princess is from, is a fictitious country. We are made to believe it is somewhere in Europe, where they speak French. 
When Johnny uses this metaphor, he means that he thinks the princess is 
This is another fictitious place. 
A prince turning into a frog, a witch's curse, a kiss to break a spell...all of these are motifs in fairy tales. Motifs are recurring images, structures, characters, and events.  
What new conflict has just been introduced in the story? 
Remember, her dog is walked each day at the nearby port. 

Chapter 8

The detail of Johnny delivering a red sandal hints at what famous fairy tale? 
Do you think this is too good to be true? Make a few predictions about what you think is going to happen. 

Chapter 9

Based on the context, having scruples means having  
The Loch Ness Monster is a legendary creature that is believed to dwell in a lake in Scotland. Many people have claimed to have seen this "sea dragon" and still do even today. Below is a picture (probably a fake) of what it might look like. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 10

A manatee is a sea cow. They can grow to be very large and populate the warm waters of the Atlantic up and down the Florida coast.  (This annotation contains an image)
We can infer that Meg might be 

Chapter 11

Betrothed is another word for engaged. It means she's already promised her hand in marriage to someone else. 
This cloak must be important because of the title of the novel. 
You can use context to determine that an heirloom is 

Chapter 12

Although this novel begins like realistic fiction, it seems now to be more like which genre? 
To mimic is to copy or repeat word for word. 
Transformation, or changing form, is another common motif in fairy tales. Which of the following are also motifs in fairy tales? 
Now Johnny must look for two people: Philippe and Caroline. In fiction when complications continue to keep the protagonist from getting what he or she wants we call this part of the plot the Rising Action. Watch the video for an explanation of the different parts of Plot.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 13

Do you think this ring is magic? 
Where is Johnny really going? 
What do you predict Meg may do with Johnny's designs? 

Chapter 14

The word "rendezvous" is French for a planned meeting between two or more people at a certain time and place. 
These details help create a ___________________ mood. 
"Rats abandoning a sinking ship" is an idiomatic expression that is often used to describe a mass exit of people before something is going to fail. This helps contribute to the mood here of dread and possible danger. 
As it is used here the word vermin is a term used to describe small animals or insects that are annoying, dirty, and uncontrollable, like rats, mice, fleas, lice, etc.  
The Florida Keys are a series of small islands at the most southern tip of the state. (This annotation contains an image)
According to ancient beliefs, swans sing a beautiful song before they die. This has become an idiom for a final act or performance before someone dies or retires.  
Johnny's next stop on his quest will be to ____________________ to find ____________________. 

Chapter 15

Do you think Meg did something to heal the bird? Something strange is going on with her. What do you think? 
By comparing Meg to these types of shoes shows that Johnny sees her as 

Chapter 16

The Everglades is a region of tropical wetlands in the southern part of Florida.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #1 Chapters 1-16 

Chapter 17

Using context clues, perilous means  
Johnny knows this must be Philippe because  
These are much less expensive shoes than what Johnny is used to seeing on the hotel guests. 
What is happening to Johnny? 

Chapter 18

Why is the fox glaring at Johnny? 

Chapter 19

A mirage is an optical illusion. In other words, it's a visual image that isn't real. 
Heroes in literature often must go on quests, just like Johnny. It is also common for literary heroes to have to undergo tests to show their courage or character. 
We mentioned that complications in a story that the protagonist struggles with or must overcome make up the rising action of the plot. List three complications that Johnny has had to overcome so far in this novel. 
Why would the fox ask this question? Make a prediction. 

Chapter 20

From this line, we know what one thing about Johnny's pursuer? 
A phoenix is a mythological bird that rises from fire. The bartender's bird may look something like this.  (This annotation contains an image)
This girl is suspicious because she 
There may be some foreshadowing going on here. Foreshadowing is when a writer hints at something that may happen later or reveal itself later. Watch the video to learn more about foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
Remember, Meg and Johnny like quotes about shoes. This one is from the movie Forrest Gump, about a slow witted man with a big heart.  (This annotation contains an image)
Think about some of the predictions you've made as you've read so far. List two details from the story that you think may be examples of foreshadowing. 

Chapter 21

What were the fox's instructions about stealing the bird? 

Chapter 22

Why should Johnny be suspicious of Norina? 
What are three things the fox has asked of Johnny? 

Chapter 23

A crone is a common character in fairy tales and other folklore. It means an old woman who is usually very sinister and cunning or otherwise very helpful and wise. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 24

One common motif in fairy tales is helpful animals. Think of some fairy tales where animals help the protagonist in some way. 
When the reader knows something the characters don't, it's called dramatic irony. You remember what Meg said about the ring, but Johnny doesn't. This is dramatic irony and writers use it to create suspense. Watch the video for a further explanation about dramatic irony. (This annotation contains a video)
Johnny is a really good person. He has a big heart and excellent character. List three specific things that Johnny has done so far in this story that support this. 

Chapter 25

Why do you think Sieglinde and her son Siegfried want the princess to marry Prince Wolfgang? 

Chapter 26

Why does Johnny wish to be at the National Key Deer Refuge? 
This is a reference to Mark Twain's famous quote, "A lie can travel halfway across the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes." 
"Inside Edition" is the name of a popular news show that is notorious for featuring scandals and rumors about famous people.  (This annotation contains an image)
This is an example of what type of figurative language? 
This is a picture of Key deer. Notice they are smaller in size than regular deer. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 27

This was the opening quote of this novel. In your own words, explain what you think Emerson is saying in this quote. 
What is the name of the swans' sister Johnny is supposed to help find? 
A mangrove tree is one of the few trees that can grow in salt water. They are often found in tropical places.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 28

An urban legend is a modern day tale that often starts as a rumor with people really believing it happened to someone the teller of the tale knows. Just like older folklore, urban legends are passed on by word of mouth or, more recently, on the internet. They are often "cautionary tales" and have elements of mystery, horror, or the supernatural.  (This annotation contains an image)
Using context clues the word demise means 
To "euthanize" an animal means giving it a lethal injection so it falls asleep and never wakes up. Sometimes we euthanize animals if they are very sick or injured and can't be helped. 

Chapter 29

Based on what you know now about this novel and the quote that begins this chapter, what do you think Wendell is going to do? 
Using context what do you think the word "beset" means? 
This is a play on words because Johnny means Wendell has a huge problem--because his shoes are cheap and worn--as well as having a real problem with giants. 
An "infidel" is a non believer or traitor. 

Chapter 30

What can you infer Meg is feeling based on this sentence? 

Chapter 31

The word "yeti" is another name for the Abominable Snowman and "Sasquatch" is another name for Bigfoot. Both of the creatures are considered legends even though today people still claim to have seen them. Below is an image of the yeti.  (This annotation contains an image)
This sentence may reveal something that will happen later in the story. What do you call the literary device when a writer hints at something to come? 
Johnny mentions earlier in the story what Dorothy learned in The Wizard of Oz. What theme may be emerging here? State it in your own words. 

Chapter 32

Where is the frog hidden? 

Chapter 33

List three things that Meg has done so far that got Johnny out of a bad predicament. 
Quiz #2 Chapters 17-33 

Chapter 34

By describing the beeping as angry, the writer is using what type of figurative language? 
In your own words, explain how you think Johnny and Meg plan to kill the giants. 
A "facade" is a false appearance or a false front so people don't know the real you. 
Do you know something that Johnny doesn't realize? What literary device is that called? 
So when Johnny says earlier that "Only a giant could kill something this big," we know that Meg was planning on the giants fighting and killing one another. 

Chapter 35

Based on how it is used here, what do you think brawn means? 
To solicit murder means you have hired or arranged to have someone commit a murder for you. This crime is just as bad as actually doing the murder. In fact, sometimes the punishment for the solicitor of murder is more severe than what the actual murderer receives. 
This example of personification means  

Chapter 36

Explain how this quote from "The Frog Prince" relates to what is happening in the story. 
The Conch Republic was established on April 23, 1982, as a form of protest to a roadblock at the intersection that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland. Today it is not considered a separate state, but is used mainly to boost tourism. The picture below greets tourists at the Key West airport.  (This annotation contains an image)
A writer uses imagery when he/she wants the reader to get a visual image. Imagery is any word that appeals to one of your five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Watch the video for a further explanation of imagery.  (This annotation contains a video)
The setting of a cemetery helps create what kind of mood?  
Why does this sign get Johnny's attention? 

Chapter 37

The term "local color" refers to something in art, literature, or culture that is distinctive to a particular place. 
Fantasy Fest is celebrated each year on April 23rd in the Keys as the date the Conch Republic was established in 1982. 
What were the names of those swans? 

Chapter 38

All of the following words except which one help create a mood of suspense and evil?  

Chapter 39

To be "indignant" is to feel outrage or insulted at the treatment you are receiving. 
Explain why you think this kiss from Meg might break the curse. 

Chapter 40

This should be a perfect ending, right? Meg will marry the prince and Johnny will marry Victoriana. Both the prince and princess are beautiful people who are rich, so this should be everything Meg and Johnny want, right? 
What do you think these shirts are made of? 
This is what the prince is wearing. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 41

Below is a picture of Seven Mile Bridge.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Meg would object to this statement? 
Why does Harry have "a small healing wound under his wing"? 
Ernest Hemingway was a famous American writer of the early 20th century. He wrote The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway loved to deep sea fish and so had his own house in the Florida Keys.  (This annotation contains an image)
Remember the quote of the first chapter is from the story, "The Elves and the Shoemaker."  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 42

These sentences not only create dramatic irony--where we know something the character doesn't--but they also point to one of the themes of this novel. In your own words, explain this theme. 
Who do you think the man is? 

Chapter 43

This is another sentence that suggests one of the themes of this novel. Watch the video about theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
Using context you can tell that the word feisty means 
Many times in fairy tales, animals repay the protagonist for earlier acts of kindness. It is another common motif. 
The mood of this page can best be described as 
Onomatopoeia is a poetic device when a word sounds like its meaning, such as hiss, sizzle, boom. What word in this paragraph is an example of onomatopoeia? 
This is probably the highest point of action and emotion in the story. What do you call this part of the plot? 

Chapter 44

Here Meg has a negative connotation by referring to Princess Victoriana as Barbie. It suggests that she sees Victoriana as just a glamorous plaything. 

Chapter 45

Why do you think Victoriana keeps glancing at the closet? 
"Mon dieu" is an exclamation that means "My God" in French. 
Johnny is going to ask the princess for what? 

Chapter 46

This is an example of what literary device?  
Who do you think Bruno is looking for? 
The word "melee" means confusion and chaos. 
You have been predicting something like this from many of the clues Johnny just mentioned. 
This is another reference to what famous fairy tale? 
In your own words, explain what internal conflict Siegfried is dealing with. 

Chapter 47

Who is Meg referring to? 
Based on her answer, what did the reporter ask Victoriana? 

Chapter 48

This story is about a man who catches a magic fish who promises to grant him three wishes if the man releases him.  (This annotation contains an image)
This explains why _________ asked Johnny to steal the bird and to kill him. 

Chapter 49

This is exactly like what happened to Meg and Johnny. 
Read this quote several times and think about it. Explain what Victor Hugo was trying to say. 

Chapter 50

This part of the plot is when loose ends are tied up. What do you call this? 
Does this sound familiar? It's from the first page of the novel. 
Final Quiz: Chapters 34-50