Two lonely children create an imaginary kingdom for themselves in the woods.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
In Gary Soto’s short story “The Challenge,” a boy hopes to impress the new girl at school by playing racquetball with her.
In Shel Silverstein’s poem “Underface,” a speaker describes the face they show to the world and the one that hides underneath.
In Emma Bartley’s poem “Holly Trees,” a speaker describes playing house under holly trees.
In Junot Díaz’s “The Terror,” Díaz explores his experiences with fear after getting beat-up as an adolescent.
“ICU” is a poem that explores the difficulty of understanding the loss of a loved one.
In Li-Young Lee’s poem “Eating Together,” a family shares a meal after losing the speaker’s father.
Poe's poem, “Annabel Lee” was published in 1849 and is the last complete poem published by Poe before his death. It recounts the early romance of the speaker’s now-dead lover.