As a teacher, finding the perfect novel to use in your classroom can be a daunting task. You want something that will capture your students’ attention, teach valuable life lessons, and align with your curriculum. One novel that fits all of these criteria is Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner.


Stone Fox tells the story of a young boy named Willy who lives on a farm with his grandfather. When Willy’s grandfather falls ill, Willy must find a way to save the farm and pay off their taxes. Along the way, he faces many challenges and learns valuable lessons about determination, perseverance, and the importance of family.

One of the reasons Stone Fox is such a great novel to use in the classroom is its relatable characters. Willy is a character that students can easily connect with, and his struggles and triumphs will resonate with them. Additionally, the novel’s themes of family, hard work, and determination are universal and can be applied to many different life situations.

Stone Fox touches on themes of farming, small-town life, and the importance of community, which can be used to supplement lessons in social studies and science. Additionally, the novel’s themes of determination and perseverance can be used to help teach valuable life skills and to foster positive character traits in students.

Stone Fox is a relatively short novel, making it a great choice for classroom use. It is easy to read and understand, and its engaging storyline will keep students’ attention. It also features a strong plot which makes it ideal for classroom discussions and debates.

I offer a novel study to use to help you use this book in your classroom.

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This is a great book to read in the spring during the Iditarod. Students can follow along with the race in real-time as they read the book.

I used this novel study every year in my 4th-grade class. My students always enjoyed the book with its heartfelt story, action, adventure, and lessons on courage and perseverance. It is a great book to draw in reluctant readers.”Stone Fox” is a novel that is perfect for use in the classroom. Its relatable characters, universal themes, and alignment with the curriculum make it an ideal choice for teachers. Additionally, the short length and engaging storyline make it easy for students to read and understand. If you are looking for a novel that will captivate your students’ attention and teach valuable life lessons, Stone Fox” is a wonderful choice.

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