I have two brand new baby teachers in working with me this year. They are terrific, and I strongly believe they will make great teachers in a few years. During a planning period, one of them shared Sharon Creech with me. Sharon is the author of about 15 books aimed at upper elementary and middle school kids. Her website is fantastic and includes study guides for a couple of her books. If you are a language arts teacher, you may want to visit this site soon.