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Clayton Stone, At Your Service
by Ena Jones

Trade Binding | 192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823433896 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Adventure, Courage & Honor, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: A, K

CCSS Codes:
RL.6.1-6, 9, 10
L.6.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5b, 5c, 6
SL.6.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 6
W.6.3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 5, 9, 9a, 10

About the Book

Twelve-year-old Clayton Stone is shocked when a top-secret government organization recruits him as a decoy in a kidnapping sting. Instantly, he gets drawn into the dangerous world of covert operations. Clayton's new life is full of excitement, with elaborate disguises and classified debriefings, but soon enough there's a gun against his neck.

Clayton's transformation from middle-school lacrosse star to Special Service agent is full of suspense, humor and heart—a thrilling undercover debut!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does author Ena Jones create suspense and humor in CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE? Use evidence from the text. RL.6-8.6

2. Describe how the plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. RL.6-8.3

3. Explain how Ena Jones develops the point of view of the narrator Clayton Stone. How does the point of view contribute to the meaning, style and tone of the book? RL.6-8.6

4. Give examples of how Ena Jones uses historical accounts or references in CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE? How does this enhance your understanding of the content? RL.6-8.1, 9 / W.6-8.9

Educators' Guide
Clayton Stone Series
Discussion guide featuring questions for discussion and classroom extensions plus connections to the Instructional Standards for CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE and CLAYTON STONE, FACING OFF.