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Seeking Cassandra
by Lutricia Clifton

Trade Binding | 192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435609 | 02-28-2016

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Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Science & Nature, Adventure, Coming of Age, Mystery & Suspense
Recommendations: A, K

CCSS Codes:
RL.5.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
L.5.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6
RF.5.3, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.5.1, 1c, 1d, 2, 4, 5, 6
W.5.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9a, 10

About the Book

With quiet humor, an intriguing mystery, and fascinating regional facts woven into the narrative, the touching story of Cassie's journey of self-discovery will delight middle-grade readers.

When work takes twelve-year-old Cassie's mom abroad, Cassie is stuck living with her dad in his Winnebago in Palo Duro Canyon State Park for the summer. She loves her dad, but he's different since the divorce, and, for that matter, so is she. She's gotten used to a different lifestyle that's not exactly compatible with the rougher living in the Canyon, where her dad is a handyman. She misses the conveniences of city living, and she's not too sure about the kids here. They seem awkward. Uncool. And, in the case of mysterious X, possibly dangerous.

When several arrowheads go missing from an archeological dig site on park property, Cassie immediately has a suspect in mind. But when she starts jotting down clues in a detective journal and putting the pieces together, Cassie feels uneasy. Have her assumptions about other people led her down the wrong path?


"An unexpectedly deep mystery with plenty of talking points."—Kirkus Reviews

"Thoughtful adventure-mystery . . . will resonate with young readers."—Booklist

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Describe the setting of the story. Research Palo Duro Canyon State Park and create a tourism brochure based on information gained from the story and your research. W.4-5.7, 9

2. How does the structure of the story contribute to the style and meaning? RL.4-5.5

3. Summarize the mystery in the story from the beginning to the resolution using Cassie’s journal entries. RL.5.1, 2/W.4-5.9

4. How do Cassie‘s thoughts, feelings, actions and conversations change from the beginning to the end of the book? What does she learn in the course of the story? RL.4-5.1, 2

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Readers' Guide
Author study on SEEKING CASSANDRA author, Lutricia Clifton.