The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History

Bibliographic Information: Yolen, J. (2009). The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster books for young readers.

Short Annotation: One day in December, the Dei Gratia (a ship) went out to sea. The people on board came across a ship.  It was called the Mary Celeste. The Mary Celeste was a ship that went out to sea one day and was found empty.  No one was found on board but the peoples belongings were found left on the ship.

 Genre: Historical Fiction.

 Grade Level: Third grade to fifth grade.

 Audience: Students would enjoy this book.

 Personal response and rating: I give this book a rating of eight. I liked how they described in detail about the ship and they even defined key words that were in the story.

Question: Have you ever been on a ship before?

 Reading Strategy Connection

a.       Internet investigations (4.20) Yopp & Yopp (pg. 121-123)

b.      Internet investigations involve students doing future research after reading a book to further their understanding about particular events, people, and other information related to the book.

c.       This strategy would be appropriate for this book because the students would be able to do future research about The Mary Celeste.  This will help students understand where it was found, what was found on it and the possibility of why it may have been found empty.


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