Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck. Come to think of it.anything by Steinbeck. One can always learn more about writing by rereading Steinbeck. Even after teaching this one about 50 times, I still love it.
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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. FP level R. Brian manages to survive 54 days in the wilderness after a plane crash. He learns patience and survival skills before he is rescued. Writing strategy: Character growth and development, sequencing.