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"The Abduction of the Amgassador's Daughter!"

Escape Under the Forever Sky
by Eve Yohalem

2012 Texas Bluebonnet
SM Nominee for 2012-2013
Language Alert

Being the 13-year-old daughter of the Ambassador to Ethiopia may sound like really fun adventure, but Lucy Hoffman found herself to be smothered by the protection of Marine guards and personal body guards. She wished she could see beyond the high walls that surrounded the American Embassy compound. She longed to be able to explore the Ethiopian wilderness and study the wildlife so near her, but everyone told her it was not safe. She thought knew better.

Then, one day when her mother, the Ambassador to Ethiopia, was away, she and a friend made a plan to slip away, out of the compound just to visit the market. What could be dangerous about that? A LOT!

Would she fare any better when she and her Ethiopian friend decided to pull another fast one on their body guards and go to a local restaurant? What do you supposed happened when they were discovered and a new driver picked them up, delivered her friend home, and then ... KIDNAPPED HER? Where do you think she woke up? What were the two choices she had to avoid certain death at the hands of the kidnappers or certain death in the jaws of wild lions?
What would you do if you were lost in Africa?

This story is based on a real story and will take you into Ethiopian life and wilderness into an exciting encounter with kidnappers, wild monkeys, and a pride of extremely dangerous lions. Would she be able to survive being without food and water? How would she find her way back to civilization? Go along with her on her Escape Under the Forever Sky.

In a world that is growing increasingly small, this book provides geography, cultural studies, ecological studies, and an exciting walk in the shoes of a 13-year girl as she attempts to foil the plans of evil kidnappers and escape through the Ethiopian wilderness. We are disappointed that the author chose to use a four-letter curse word (d_ _ _) several times, but the realism would certainly warrant it. With the millions of word choices available, we believe that literary creativity would have provided better choices. Nevertheless, it is a book we would include in our middle school library.

Research Links
Escape Under the Forever Sky
by Eve Yohalem

Build a House of Cards
Colombus Monkey
at Wikipedia

African Wildlife Foundation

Addis Ababa Abssinian Lions YouTube
Ethiopian Leader Helps Abyssinian Lions Washington Post Story
Lions and Hyenas Battle in Ethiopia
African Lions at the Philadelphia Zoo
Ethiopian Elephants and Lions at Risk as Jungle is Cut
Environmental Issues in Ethiopia

Literature Links for Escape Under the Forever Sky

14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven
Jabuti, the Tortoise, A Trickster Tale by Gerald McDermott
by Mina Javaherbin
Hansel and Gretel by Rachel Isadora
For You Are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane
One Child, One Seed by Kathryn Cave


You can purchase the 41-page unit PLUS a Jeopardy-type game for Escape Under the Forever Sky for immediate download for only $17.95! Click Here to Purchase and Download Through Teachers Pay Teachers.


A 41-page download unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard forEscape Under the Forever Sky is now available

The Activity Guide Contains:
Prereading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Readers' Theater Prequel
Map Activities: Where in the World is Ethiopia?
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools
Become a Character
Vocabulary List by Chapters
Vocabulary Activities
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions with Quick Write Prompts
Ambassadors and Diplomats: Research
Research a Current Problem and Propose a Solution
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Activities for Visualizing Chapters
Crossword Puzzle
Researching Deforestation
Comic Book Summary
Character Check
Fill in the Blanks Comprehension
Ethiopian Math
Thinking Like a Scientist
Unscramble Your Way Through This--Logic Puzzle and Illustration
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Answer Pages
Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!


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