Book Links-The Ambassador of Nowhere Tx- Sequel to When Zach Beaver Came to Town

In this 2-session book club learners pick up the lives of the main characters from Zachary Beaver 20 years later in Antler Tx, during the time of 9/11. This deeply layered book is a classic example of the style of KImberly WIllis Holt
Mike Pletman
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Completed by 7 learners

55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 2 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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I have several novels/ Book Links book clubs which deal with the topic including Ground Zero, The Day the World Came to Town 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland and I have read extensively to study the history of this period and also watch documentaries, and , again, please remember this is one very important plot and the book deals with so much more and it is all warmly, thoughtfully constructed and is a great novel for adults also.
For the first meeting , please read the book to page 153.
For the second meeting, please read to the end of the book.
A copy of the novel, The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
One subplot involves Joe and his Mom moving across the country from NYC to Anter, Texas as a result of Joe's father having been a first- responder.  While Joe and a main character form a strong friendship, it is clear that his mom and he have not had time to process the 9/11 situation in which Joe's father did perish while saving others.  Please have conversations, as you feel necessary, regarding  the events of 9/11 so that your learner has a background on the topic.  While the book does not go into depth on the subject, it is clear that Joe's dad is a hero, deeply missed, and unfairly taken from his family and friends. I will be sticking to specifics and facts, not my own thoughts regarding 9/11 should questions come up. If details are asked, I will be using the author notes in Ground Zero by Alan Gratz for factual information, and please remember this is one of many plots in the novel that deal with reuniting two characters and how other characters have changed and grown over the last twenty years.


Mike PletmanThird fifth sixth grade teacher
440 total reviews
579 completed classes

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There is nothing more exciting than when you see a student think deeply, question ideas, share a knew thought, or explore the meaning of the character’s action/ decision or a quote  or a purpose the author had when writing a novel. Helping... 
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