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The Apple Tart of Hope
by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Paperback | 160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823437641 | 01-31-2017

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SEVENTH | Age: 10 up

Themes: Acceptance & Belonging, Bullies, Coming of Age, Love & Romance, Hope, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: A*, C, K*, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RL.7.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 W.7.4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 SL.7.1, 1c, 1d, 3, 4, 5, 6 L.7.3, 4, 5, 5a, 6

About the Book

Fourteen-year-old Oscar Dunleavy is missing, presumed dead. His bike was found at sea, out past the end of the pier, and everyone in town seems to have accepted this as a teenage tragedy. But Oscar's best friend Meg knows he isn't dead. Oscar is an optimistic and kind boy who bakes the world's best apple tarts; he would never kill himself, and Meg is going to prove it.

Through interwoven narratives, the reader learns what really happened to Oscar. His sweet life had turned sour after Meg's family moved away. Though Meg didn't know it, Oscar had a manipulative bully plaguing him with toxic humiliation. Meg must confront the painful truth of Oscar's past six months—and the possibility that he might really be gone. Surrounded by grief and confusion, she starts to put the pieces back together.

With a poignant ending and memorable characters, this story of love and friendship reminds us to keep hope in our hearts.

★ ★ ★ Honors and Reviews!★ ★ ★

People Best Children's Book of 2016

★"This touching novel is one to savor."—Booklist, starred review

★"A quiet story that may be the tiny push that someone thinking of giving up needs to keep going."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In addition to the romance, there is also plenty of intrigue and mystery to engage readers not typically drawn to love stories."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What are the central ideas or themes in The Apple Tart of Hope? RL.7-8.2

2. Explain how author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald expresses themes in the story by sharing the feelings, thoughts, conversations and actions of the characters. RL.7-8.2, 3

3. What does the main character learn throughout the course of the story? What can this teach you about your own life? RL.7-8.2

4. Research information, facts and solutions on bullying. Create an anti-bullying slogan and design a poster to be hung up in the school hallway. W.7-8.6, 7, 9, 10