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However, our first group meeting went well and all the students seemed to be enjoying the book. I assigned the next reading assignment and they asked to make it longer. I thought that was a good sign but it actually was at the next group meeting that I realized how much they loved this book - boys and girls alike. They were really engaged in the conversation, they had all read way beyond the required number of pages and they were giving all kinds of text evidence to support their opinions. But then they turned in their reading response letters that they had written to me. Four of the six students told me in their letter that they loved this book and the other two told me they were disappointed that they had to read it at first, but that now they were so happy they got to read it. I'm so glad it turned into a win for me. This book is filled with possibilities for discussion and the depth of the characters have made it perfect for group discussion. If you head on over to Focused on Fifth you can see what others are reading or link up what you are reading. Just click on the button below.