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The Secret of Whale Island (Thea Stilton Graphic Novels #1)



Last updated Sunday, February 8, 2015

Author: Thea Stilton
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 1597074039
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2015

Synopsis:
The Thea Sisters are five fun, lively students at Ratford College on Whale Island, who want to be real, live journalists just like their hero, Thea Stilton. Between classes and friendships, love and small fits of jealousy, they’re finding college life is really exciting! In "The Secret of Whale Island," it's the start of the new school year and the students have arrived at Ratford College. Every year at this time, the whales move off the coast of Whale Island, but this time, a savage killer whale threatens the peace.

Note to readers:
•  This is a graphic novel.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Can you name different types of whales? (Answer—Orca (aka Killer), Gray, Humpback, Blue (they are the biggest animal on the planet), Baleen, Bowhead etc…
•  Have you ever seen a whale before? Are they rare (endangered)? Answer Yes (7 out of the 13 species are).
•  Do whales eat humans? (whales do not eat humans but there have been reports of killer whales attacking their human trainers)
•  Have you ever been sailing on the ocean?

Vocabulary:
•  prestigious-something well respected and recognized
•  punctual-on time
•  calamitous - involving calamity; catastrophic; disastrous
•  undisputed - not disputed or called into question; accepted
•  disinterested - having or feeling no interest in something
•  uninhabited - (of a place) without inhabitants
•  pulverized - reduce to fine particles
•  unscrupulous - having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair
•  benefactor - a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Would you be scared if you saw a whale?
•  Why do you think school starts when the whales migrate to the island?
•  How were the Thea Sisters heroes?
•  Do you tell the truth when something bad has happened?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a cork sailboat. For instructions, see http://mamapapabubba.com/2013/06/25/cork-sail-boats-with-sparkly-sails/.
•  Make a Valentine's Day card for someone special.
•  Cut out a whale shape and hang it in your bathroom

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!