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The Glow Stone
Teacher’s Guide

The Glow Stone

by Ellen Dreyer

The sudden death of her beloved uncle triggers a chain of events that threaten to overwhelm Spider and her family.

Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Bernstein (a.k.a. Spider) has been collecting rocks since she was a child. She keeps her prized specimens in a musty underground garage, stored in the drawers of an old desk that was a gift from her beloved young uncle, Bradford.

But Bradford’s sudden death triggers a chain of events that threaten to overwhelm Spider and her family. As her grieving mother descends into depression, her older sister remains remote and her father strangely silent. The pressure grows even worse when Spider unwittingly discovers a disturbing family secret. On the weekend of Bradford’s tombstone unveiling, Spider tries to escape for a while—and becomes hopelessly lost while exploring a labyrinth of caves. In the utter blackness she hears a strangely familiar voice beckoning her deeper into the mysterious but oddly welcoming underground world. Soon she will learn the truth about what happened to Uncle Bradford…but will she ever find her way out of the darkness?

Ellen Dreyer has written a dramatic, page-turning adventure that explores the unbreakable bonds that hold families together, even after death.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-370-2
Total Pages: 224
Size: 5 1/4 x 8
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-749-6
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
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Recorded Books

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 106512
AR Reading Level: 4.8
AR Points: 6

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: Z
F&P Grade: 7th and up


“A short novel, filled with thoughtful details and surprising depths.” ―Kliatt

“This realistic portrait of a family’s grief makes it clear that keeping secrets-even to protect your loved ones-often results in more pain. Readers get a strong sense of the characters’ personalities, motivations, and emotions. Dreyer incorporates rock-related imagery into the narrative, neatly reflecting Phoebe’s interests. Introspective teens should appreciate Phoebe’s hard-won journey to self-acceptance.” ―School Library Journal


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education 2007

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Meet the Author

Ellen Dreyer is the author of numerous books for young people, including The Glow Stone. She also teaches creative writing to middle and high school classes. She lives in New Jersey. You can visit her website here.