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Oak Hill Library: One School, One Book 2022

 

 

What is LINKED About?

Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika. Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school? Who would do such a thing?

Because Michael was the first person to see it, he's the first suspect. Because Link is one of the most popular guys in school, everyone's looking to him to figure it out. And because Dana's the only Jewish girl in the whole town, everyone's treating her more like an outsider than ever.

The mystery deepens as more swastikas begin to appear. Some students decide to fight back and start a project to bring people together instead of dividing them further. The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face-not just the crimes of the present, but the crimes of the past.

With Linked, Gordon Korman, the author of the acclaimed novel Restart, poses a mystery for all readers where the who did it? isn't nearly as important as the why?

Historical Context Resources

Resources for grades 6-8

The Holocaust

Reconstruction and the Ku Klux Klan

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QUESTIONS

Kerry Winer, 7th & 8th grade ELA teacher at: kerry_winer@newton.k12.ma.us

Jean Stehle, Library Teacher at: jean_stehle@newton.k12.ma.us

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DESTINY (our library catalog) SORA

 

What Are All the Ways I Can Get The Book?

Oak Hill Middle School Library Digital Content (SORA or Overdrive)

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What Parents Need to Know About Linked

FROM COMMONSENSEMEDIA.ORG:

Parents need to know that Linked is bestselling author Gordon Korman's story of swastikas that show up in a small-town Colorado middle school and the Holocaust memorial project that's launched in response.

The title refers to central character Link, the six million links in a commemorative paper chain, and the various connections that bind us. A whole lot of buried history comes to the surface as chapters are narrated by various seventh graders -- especially Michael, a Dominican kid who's also the art club president; Dana, a Jewish kid from New England whose parents are working on an archeological dig outside of town; and Link, the jock/prankster/most popular guy on campus who's just discovered his family's Jewish roots and is now preparing for his bar mitzvah.

It takes on prejudice and hate, but it's complicated, with unexpected results aplenty, from global outpourings of kindness to discovering a dark side to people you've known all your life. There's also an internet vlogger who's all too happy to exploit the whole situation for ratings. The story offers lots of positive messages, especially about acceptance and diversity, and the fact that while you can't change the past, you get to choose what to do about it and what to do going forward.

Feel-good moments, dramatic reversals, and surprise revelations are plentiful. Easy answers? Not so much, as doing the right thing is a nonstop work in progress.

Credit: Common Sense Media, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/linked

Jean Stehle, Library Teacher, Oak Hill Middle School Library 130 Wheeler Road Newton Center, MA 02459 617 559 9200