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The Absent Author Discussion Questions

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Mysteries motivate many students to read. The A to Z Mysteries are a fun series for elementary readers. Start your class off with 'The Absent Author,' then discuss the story, literary elements, and students' personal responses using this set of questions.

The Absent Author

The Absent Author is the first of the A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy. This novel follows friends Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose as they solve a lighthearted mystery in their hometown. Famous author Wallis Wallace is supposed to do a book-signing at the local bookstore. When Wallis never shows up, the gang follows clues to find out who kidnapped their hero. This book is an easy read and a fun story for kids who enjoy mysteries. After your elementary class reads The Absent Author, you can discuss the important points as a class or in smaller groups. Discussion questions could also be used as journal prompts for students to write about a question before discussing it.

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