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Keeper Discussion Guide

Guide students' reading with a pre-reading activity, discussion questions, writing activities, and projects for Keeper by Kathi Appelt. To supplement their reading, students will write a personal narrative, investigate the folklore surrounding mermaids, consider the meaning of family, research the Gulf coast of Texas, and much more.
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Keeper
Kathi Appelt
To ten-year-old Keeper, this moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong...and so much has gone wrong. But she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where she is headed – in a small boat, in the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain.

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