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In this thoughtful and engaging collection, 11 acclaimed authors explore the highs and lows of growing up and shining on in the face of obstacles. A parent's departure, a sister's illness, a cheerleader's breakup, a family's secrets . . . these stories sensitively capture the challenges—and triumphs—of finding the way to a bright tomorrow. Featuring powerful stories by Lois Lowry, Meg Rosoff, Meg Cabot, Melvin Burgess, Sue Limb, and more. . . . A portion of the money generated from the sale of this book will benefit CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation and Children's Oncology Group, partners in the search for a cure for childhood cancer. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
36 Questions
32 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this 8th grade digital curriculum, annotations include links to explanations of literary devices such as epiphany and symbolism and photos of imagery related to the scenery or story. Interactive videos support engagement and cover subjects such as simile and metaphor, character development, and theme. The Common Core aligned questions and answers address text-based evidence and structure along with the themes of loss, being true to yourself, growing up and family. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich media annotations while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are imbedded directly into the book. These short stories contain mature content (e.g., sexuality and language) and themes related to the experiences of teenagers growing up.

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Chapter 1 - Meg Rosoff - Resigned

Did you know that you can use the Define feature in Curriculet to look up words that are not familiar to you? Just highlight the word and press Define.  
From the dad's reaction, we can infer that he 
This book is considered an anthology because it is a collection of short stories by various authors.  
Francis Ford Coppola is a famous director. The image below shows a picture of him from the 1970s.  (This annotation contains an image)
The dad's reaction indicates that he is ___________. 
The word "crisps" is used throughout Great Britain to describe potato chips. Also, notice that mom is spelled "mum" in this story. These details indicate that the story takes place in Great Britain and not in the United States. 
Choose the statement below that best illustrates the central idea of the text. 
Another way to say "their advanced state of fatality" is  
At first, it appears that the mother is  

Chapter 2 - Meg Cabot - Allie Finklestein's Rules for Boyfriends

Cinnabon is a restaurant chain that sells cinnamon rolls in malls and airports. The image below shows a Cinnabon stand at a mall like the one in the story.  (This annotation contains an image)
The details of this meal plan indicate that the main character is  
The image below shows a picture of Donatella Versace. She is a very famous designer who creates high end clothes out of Italy. Since the character references Versace, we can infer that she is interested in being a famous designer. Do you think this is a realistic aspiration? (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted section of the text indicates that the following passage is 
True Religion refers to a brand of jeans. The picture below shows an image of True Religion jeans.  (This annotation contains an image)
The text that follows the highlighted section is 

Chapter 3 - Melvin Burgess - Coming Home

"I felt a bit like James Bond, hiding there with my back to the wall..." We can infer that the main character 
"Telly" means "television." In Great Britain, people refer to televisions as "the telly." 
What is the matter with Laurence? 
Over the course of the dinner the tension builds to the point where Laurence's mother hits him. To learn more about tension and the role that tension plays in literature, watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz #1 
What does Laurence mean when he says that his father "looked shattered"? 

Chapter 4 - Anne Fine - Getting the Message

Notice that this book is a collection of short stories by multiple authors. Pay attention to the theme that is emerging throughout each of these stories.  
The main idea of this story so far can best be described as which of the following? 
The resource below can provide support to teens about coming out to their families. Think about how this resource could have helped the main character, Gregory, in this story.  (This annotation contains a link)
Gregory's mom's reaction to the news that he is gay can best be described as  
The central idea of the text is that 
At the beginning of the story Gregory is uncertain about coming out. Now, he is very set in his position to be honest about who he is. The video below talks more about how characters develop over the course of a story.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 5 - Sue Limb - You're a Legend

This dialogue is an example of  
The image below shows a black Labrador dog like the one that Jess describes in the story.  (This annotation contains an image)
The capitalized text tells the reader that the dialogue is taking place  
The picture below illustrates a dress that is probably similar to the one that Jess describes as a "psychedelic sixties dress."  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6 - Jacqueline Wilson - The Bad Sister

How would you feel about being named after named after a sibling who had died? Think about the impact this would have on you. 
Angela's reaction the gravestone angel shows that she is  
The image below shows a crystal decanter.  (This annotation contains an image)
Who does "the first Angela" refer to? 
"Blubbed" is another word for cried. 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7 - Celia Rees - Calling the Cats

"Moggies" refers to 
"Giggles breaking like bubbles" is an example of a simile. Similes are comparisons that use the words, "like" or "as." 
A topiary is a garden with hedges trimmed into interesting shapes. Here is an image of a topiary.  (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature to look up the word intriguing. Then, pick a synonym for the word intriguing from the list below.  
This is an image of holly. Holly is a plant that is traditionally used during the holidays to decorate.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 8 - Malorie Blackman - Humming through My Fingers

We can infer that Amber has 
People outside of Amber's family ___________ talk about her blindness. 
Diabetes is a disease where people have high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond to insulin.  
"Swept over me like lava" is an example of a simile. To review the difference between a simile and a metaphor watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted sentence is an example of  
Amber teaches Kyle how to 
This is an image of a longjumper jumping. Do you think Amber and Kyle should jump without being able to see?  (This annotation contains an image)
Amber describes being blind as  
Amber is able to use body language to detect what Kyle is feeling. The fact that his muscles are very stiff and tense indicates that he is not happy and is possibly feeling negative thoughts. 
The central idea of this story is that 

Chapter 9 - Lois Lowry - A Summer to Die

From the evidence so far, we can infer that 
Molly tries to hide her symptoms from her parents to avoid having to go back to the hospital. Since she is so upset about having to go to the hospital, we can infer that she has had bad experiences at the hospital. 
Ben jokes that he can 
The poem that Will is referencing is by Gerard Hopkins. Visit the link below to read the poem.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why do you think the author chose to include this poem? How does it connect to the text? 

Chapter 10 - Rosie Rushton - Skin Deep

What does the phrase "four guys salivating over her" mean? 
The image below shows a speedwell.  (This annotation contains an image)
The mood in the story shifts significantly from a lighthearted and joyful mood to a dramatic and dark mood. To learn more about mood, watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
From the nurses' point of view, Jess should 
The theme of the story is that 

Chapter 11 - Cathy Hopkins - John Lennon Said …

From this detail, we can infer that 
In the highlighted section, Jessica is having an internal dialogue with herself. She is criticizing herself for her lack of a response to her teacher's question. Do you think she should be so hard on herself for not knowing what she wants to be when she grows up? 
"Heh, heh" indicates ___________ in this passage. 
In this passage, Jessica is speaking in hyperbole. She doesn't have any intention of living her life like this, but she is over-exaggerating the meaning of her mom's desire that she do something with her life that makes her happy. To learn more about hyperbole, watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Tarot cards are used in fortune telling. The image below shows some examples of tarot cards. Fortune tellers say that they can predict your fortune based on the cards that you pick.  (This annotation contains an image)
These details indicate that Jessica is feeling  
The picture below is of John Lennon. John Lennon was a member of the Beatles, a famous band from the 1960's.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #3 
The theme of this story is