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Clayton Stone, Facing Off
by Ena Jones

Trade Binding | 224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823436484 | 07-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Adventure, Humor
Recommendations: K

CCSS Codes:
W.6.4, 5, 9, 9a, 10
RL.6.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
L.6.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5c, 6
SL.6.1, 1c, 1d, 3, 4

About the Book

Middle-school spy Clayton Stone is back in business and his adventures are better than ever in this funny and heartwarming sequel to Clayton Stone, At Your Service.

Thirteen-year-old Clayton's new assignment for the Special Service means adopting a new identity—indefinitely. He has to leave behind his friends and beloved lacrosse team to live as "Max Carrington," a student at the Sydney Brown School, where the President's son Kyle is a seventh grader. But Clayton isn't the only new kid at school and there's something odd about his fellow outsider, James Scott. Is James hiding something, and is he a threat to Kyle?

The chaos of undercover life keeps Clayton on his toes as he rushes from one crisis to the next, while a cutthroat school election brings out some strong personalities at Sydney Brown. To make matters worse, Clayton's new lacrosse team is set to play Masters Academy in the most important game of the season. It looks like he will face off against his best friends and former teammates!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does Ena Jones develop the element of conflict in Clayton Stone Facing Off? What people, forces, ideas, interests and institutions oppose each other in the story? RL.6-8.1, 3

2. Create a Crisis Timeline (internal and external). Summarize the climax, or when Clayton makes his decision to ACT on his conflicts. Write a sentence that explains how he ties up loose ends and resolves his problem. RL.6-8.1, 3

3. Describe the tone of the book in different parts of the story. Use specific examples of how the author creates a feeling. How does the tone contribute to the author's message and the overall effect the author wishes to create? RL.6-8.1

4. Write about how Clayton Stone remains himself as his identity changes. Use evidence from the book. RL.6-8.1/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.