Virginia Hamilton’s The House of Dies Drear combines historical fact and suspense in a novel for young readers. Having just turned thirteen, Thomas Small and his family move to a historic home in Ohio, where Mr. Small will teach college history. Once owned by the abolitionist Dies Drear, the old house was a stopping point for escaped slaves headed North on the Underground Railroad. Keen about history and adventure, Thomas is on the alert for ghosts, and it seems he might have found one: someone is moving around the place, making a mess in the kitchen. Thomas and his father discover that the “ghosts” are the Darrow brothers, who have been trying to frighten the Smalls, and caretaker Mr. Pluto and his son Mayhew, away from the treasure Mr. Pluto has discovered. It’s time to teach the Darrows a lesson. The Smalls, Mr. Pluto and his son, and Thomas’s friend Pesty, make a trap for the Darrows, frightening them away with visions of monsters and ghosts. As Hamilton's story ends, Mr. Small plans to catalogue the treasure that came with the old house, and readers have learned a great deal about Civil War history through this classic adventure tale.
Expressly created for middle school students, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will aid students by training them for more complex reading in the future. Chapter-by-chapter pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets allow students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices, instilling a greater understanding and appreciation for literature. A novel synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a notable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 6, comprised of the following additional titles: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Old Yeller; The Westing Game; The Witch of Blackbird Pond; Jacob Have I Loved; The Secret Garden; Gentlehands; Nothing But the Truth; Freak, the Mighty; The Giver; Wringer; Holes; Hatchet; Number the Stars; The Egypt Game; The Devil's Arithmetic; Maniac Magee; Brian's Winter; The House of Dies Drear; Hoot; Walk Two Moons; The View from Saturday; The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963; Out of the Dust; Parrot in the Oven; Jason's Gold; Chasing Vermeer; The City of Ember; When My Name Was Keoko; Flush; The Graveyard Book; Small Steps; The Mysterious Benedict Society; When You Reach Me; The Hunger Games; Moon Over Manifest; Scat. All aforementioned Novel-Ties eBooks can be observed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.