The Seven Wonders Of Sassafras Springs

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The Seven Wonders Of Sassafras Springs

by Betty G. Birney
Illustrator Matt Phelan

Atheneum Books For Young Readers | February 27, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister''s pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. The reward? An adventure that Eben''s been craving -- a trip to Colorado.

Even doesn''t think he''ll have any luck -- he can''t think of one single thing that could be considered wondrous in Sassafras -- but he''s willing to try. Little does he know that the Wonders he''ll discover among his neighbors, friends, relatives, and family will give him the adventure of a lifetime...without ever leaving his home.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.6 in

Published: February 27, 2007

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416934898

ISBN - 13: 9781416934899

Appropriate for ages: 8

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The Seven Wonders Of Sassafras Springs

by Betty G. Birney
Illustrator Matt Phelan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.6 in

Published: February 27, 2007

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416934898

ISBN - 13: 9781416934899

About the Book

Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find seven wonders in boring and predictable Sassafras Springs that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. Little does Eben know that what he'll discover will give him the adventure of a lifetime. Illustrations.

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How It Started Sometimes extraordinary things begin in ordinary places. A fancy-dancy butterfly starts out in a plain little cocoon. A great big apple tree grows from a tiny brown speck of a seed. And the Wonders started right on our own front porch on a hot summer night I would have forgotten on the spot if it hadn''t been for what got started then and kept on going. Who knows, maybe Columbus decided to look for a New World one hot summer night when he got tired of staring at the same old barn. Or maybe one evening after supper, Balboa stood up and said, "Excuse me now, folks. I''m going to search for the Pacific Ocean." There was no chance of seeing an ocean in Sassafras Springs, which is set smack dab in the center of the country. Though a dip in Liberty Creek was welcome on a boiling hot day, to my mind it was a poor excuse for a body of water. Shoot, it wasn''t even a dribble on the big map of the United States that hung on the schoolhouse wall. Red Hawk, Coy, and Iron Valley all had dots on the map, but not Sassafras Springs, Missouri. We might as well have been invisible, yet there I was, sitting on the front porch with Pa and Aunt Pretty. The chores were done, our bellies were full, and the mosquitoes hadn''t worked up much of an appetite yet. Aunt Pretty sat in her high-back rocker, crocheting some lacy thing as usual, though for the life of me I couldn''t make out what it was meant to be. I hoped it wasn''t intended for me. Pa whittled on a stick and I was staring h
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Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister''s pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. The reward? An adventure that Eben''s been craving -- a trip to Colorado.

Even doesn''t think he''ll have any luck -- he can''t think of one single thing that could be considered wondrous in Sassafras -- but he''s willing to try. Little does he know that the Wonders he''ll discover among his neighbors, friends, relatives, and family will give him the adventure of a lifetime...without ever leaving his home.

Editorial Reviews

"Perfect for reading aloud."
-- School Library Journal

Bookclub Guide

ABOUT THE BOOK

Twelve-year-old Eben McAllister dreams of faraway places after he reads a book about the Seven Wonders of the World. He feels doomed to stay on the farm and in his small community of Sassafras Springs until he grows up. His father challenges him to find seven wonders among his friends and neighbors in order to win a train ticket to visit a cousin in Colorado.

THEMES

Wonder; Country life; Family life; Neighbors

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

• What do you know about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Which ones would you like to be able to see?

• What wonders exist in your community? How could you go about uncovering them?

• Do you think you would like living in Sassafras Springs? Why or why not? If you could accompany Eben on his search for wonders, which person would you spend the most time talking to? Why?

ACTIVITIES

• Research the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and make a diorama to show them.

• Explore your community and compile a list of the seven most interesting ones you find. Make a display with photos, stories, or models for each wonder.

• Eben was rewarded for his success by being able to go to St. Louis on the train. Imagine you earned a week''s vacation anywhere in the world. Plan an itinerary and research travel arrangements, housing options, and sightseeing opportunities for this trip. Make a scrapbook of this imaginary trip complete with photos, schedules, and expenses.

This reading group guide is for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

Prepared by Arlene Wiler

© William Allen White Children''s Book Award

Please visit http://www.emporia.edu/libsv/wawbookaward/ for more information about the awards and to see curriculum guides for other master list titles.

Appropriate for ages: 8