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I manage a 5th grade Battle of the Books program at our school. I have
been "banned" from using "The Westing Game" as our 6th grade ELA
teachers discovered that I was using it, and our district has a
restricted list of titles preserved for teaching at specific grade
levels. Shel Silverstein is on the list too; go figure! Anyway, I
inadvertently ran into this blockade because it was my first year in the
district and no one had shared the district policy with me. Although I'm
not teaching the title, I can no longer have students read it for
Battle. Don't even get me started on the philosophy behind this district

Unfortunately, I wasted around $100 as I had already
purchased/processed sets of the title for use in The Battle. I need
another mystery title to replace "The Westing Game" but cannot come up
with a great alternative; any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Laura Brooks
Library Media Teacher
Amerman Elementary School
Northville, MI

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