When the Sky Falls
When 12-year-old Joseph’s father joins the forces during World War II, Joseph must leave home and live with a stranger, Mrs. F., in London. Joseph faces great difficulty fitting in at school and dealing with learning challenges. When Mrs. F takes him to the zoo she runs he develops a bond with an equally angry gorilla and helps Mrs. F protect the animals during the bombings. This engaging novel is suitable for literature circles, independent reading, or a read-aloud and deals with the impacts of war, resiliency, and relationships. Provides opportunities for creative activities, discussions, and creative and critical thinking.