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The Dyerville Tales

By M. P. Kozlowsky, Illustrated by Brian Thompson

"If you enjoyed the travels and adventure in The Hobbit, you'll love the action-packed pages of The Dyerville Tales" (Brightly.com).

The Dyerville Tales is a powerfully imaginative middle grade novel that blurs the line between fairy tale and reality.

Vince Elgin is an orphan, having lost his mother and father in a fire when he was young. With only a senile grandfather he barely knows to call family, Vince was interned in a group home, dreaming that his father, whose body was never found, might one day return for him.

When a letter arrives, telling Vince his grandfather has passed away, he is convinced that if his father is still alive, he'll find him at the funeral. He strikes out for the small town of Dyerville, carrying only one thing with him: his grandfather's journal.

The journal tells a fantastical story of witches and giants and magic, one that can't be true. But as Vince reads on, he finds that his very real adventure may have more in common with his grandfather's than he ever could have known.

  • Grade level: 5
  • Interest Level: 3-8
  • Guided Reading Level: V


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. Describe how a particular story?s or drama?s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

How does the author?s word choice affect the tone and meaning of a story? RL.5.4

Analyze the impact of specific word choices from the story. RL.5.4

Summarize the plot. Explain how the characters respond to change as the plot moves toward resolution RL.5.2
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Walden Pond Press
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780061998713
  • ISBN 10: 0061998710
  • ISBN 13: 9780061998713
  • Pages: 336
  • Trim Size: 5.50 x 8.25 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
  • Juvenile Fiction / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
  • Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)"Kozlowsky deftly intertwines imagination and adventure with sobering realities; while the story arc itself engrosses and the grandfather's fairytale-like quest enchants, he underpins the novel with an unceasing melancholy that remembers the human heart, its pain, and its need for hope."

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