Project Description

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. News of Bradford’s sudden death changes Spider’s life as she watches her grieving mother descend into depression, her older sister remain 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 by exploring a labyrinth of caves―and becomes hopelessly lost. 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.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-370-2
Publication Date: 3/20/2006
Page Count: 224
Size: 5-1/4 ̎ x 8 ̎’
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-749-6
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.8
F&P: Z, Gr 7th & up, Genre RF
Themes: Caving, Death, Family, Geology, Relationships
BISAC 1: YAF018000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General
BISAC 2: YAF058060 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
BISAC 3: YAF058050 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying


“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.