#FiveStarFriday!

5.0 out of 5 stars by Michelle Kiesel “Great for the Classroom!”

ATTN: EDUCATORS…YOU GOTTA READ THIS ONE!

94 Maidens was a fascinating story of the author’s family history as she discovered important historical knowledge in “real-time.” At first read, alone, the novel was gripping. As an English teacher, reading through it independently first, was a necessity. There were several times throughout the reading where there needed to be a pause– as it needed to be put down because the horrific circumstances described were emotionally gripping. This novel held the attention throughout by offering “present time” vs. references to WWII. The information was being revealed as the author made her discoveries about her ancestors. The novel also offered several scenes representing flashbacks to reveal the horrors of the Holocaust. The eighth-grade students were thoroughly engrossed in the novel and learned a first-hand account of the painful experiences of the characters in the novel.

From an educational standpoint, there were several opportunities for higher-order thinking activities, the inclusion of literary techniques, and deep discussion on the topic of the Holocaust.”

Thank you so much for this wonderful 5-star review, Michelle! Coming from an 8th grade teacher who uses 94 Maidens in the classroom, I truly appreciate the recommendation! I hope that other teachers grades 7-12 will find the book and its free downloadable teacher’s guide a vaulable classroom resource for teaching Holocaust as well! Your comments and feedback are truly so very much appreciated!! ~ Rhonda 🙂