Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Anna Casey’s Place in the World

A Neighborhood Novel

by Adrian Fogelin

How do you face life without a place to call home?

Anna Casey is learning to deal with the loss of her family and adjust to living in a foster home with Miss Dupree. Feeling abandoned and alone, Anna turns to her closest companion, her explorer journal filled with drawn maps of her earlier neighborhoods and all the places that she has called home.

Anna is determined to become part of a real family, and with the help of a scrawny new friend named Eb, an unconventional biology teacher in cowboy boots, a homeless Vietnam vet, and a motley crew of kids from the neighborhood, Anna discovers a sense of belonging…and her own place in the world.

With warmth and humor, award-winning author Adrian Fogelin follows up her critically acclaimed novel Crossing Jordan with the story of a young girl’s trials and triumphs as she tries to find a home.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-249-1
Publication Date: 10/1/2001
Page Count: 207
Size: 6 ̎ x 9 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-295-8
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Page Count: 224
Size: 6 ̎ x 9 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-643-7
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.8
F&P: U, Gr 5, Genre RF
Lexile: 490L
Themes: Change, Conservation, Foster Children, Friendship, Moving, Military Veterans
BISAC 1: JUV013050 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings


“Anna has inner pluck and outer charm: she’s been through a lot, but knows what needs to be done. Evocative descriptions bubble up from a deep reality…. And places are found, if not the ones both kids thought they wanted.” ―Booklist

“Adrian Fogelin is a master of writing the good book….spot on looks at the complexities of life.” ―Kiss the Book


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2003

Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Library Association, 2001

Carol D. Reiser Book Award for Inspiring Future Volunteers ―Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council, 2003

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Sunshine State Young Readers Award (Nominee, Grades 3-5) ―Florida Association for Media in Education, 2003-2004

Mark Twain Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2003-2004

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Meet the Author

Adrian Fogelin is the author of several novels for middle readers and young adults, including Crossing Jordan and The Real Question. She lives in Florida. You can visit her website here.