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Walls Within Walls
by Maureen Sherry
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award

The Post family created Post Cereals and became one of the United States' wealthiest families. What happened to their treasure? Could the family have hidden it?

A seventy-year-old mystery remains unsolved, their treasure remains hidden. Their enormous, eloquent apartment has been subdivided into four luxury apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, remodeled according to Lyon Post's will: WALLS IN THIS STRUCTURE MAY NOT BE DESTROYED OR CHANGED IN ANY WAY. How, then could they section it into four apartments? Architects ADDED new walls in front of the old walls they could not change.

The Posts' aging daughter Eleanor now lives in one of the apartments. She never found her inheritance and stopped searching years ago. Now she has noisy new upstairs neighbors: The Smithforks and their four kids. It doesn't take long for them discover the hidden wall inside, and the youngest sibling is just small enough to squeeze into the crawl space to investigate some relics left from the Post family. He emerges with a copy of Treasure Island (overdue for 70 years) with a letter inside! His sister, Brid, and older brother CJ, decide to return the book to the New York Public Library. In return (after paying a $75 fine) the librarian gives them the package with yellowed tape left by Mr. Post for his children.

So begins an elaborate treasure hunt that will have the Smithfork kids together with Eleanor exploring New York City, solving secret codes, discovering hidden clues, and analyzing a book of poems. In the process, they will encounter a shadowy, threatening intruder. Where will the clues lead? What dangers will they face?

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry, a modern Manhattan mystery, is filled with secret codes, treasure hunt for early 20th Century historical treasure. The activities challenge readers to decipher shadowed codes that grow more difficult with each encounter. The Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-type game provide beautifully planned curriculum that leads to the development of character, academic skills, teambuilding, and guarantees thoughtful social and exciting academic growth for every classroom. It is an essential part of every home and school library.

You will want this Kids Wings literature guide PLUS a class set of this terrific novel!

Research Links for
Walls Within Walls
by Maureen Sherry

Book Trailer
Publisher's Site
Online Game

Crack the Code! Puzzles and Jumbles

New York Public Library
Interactive Tour of Ellis Island

Washington D.C. Travel Guide

Post Family of Cereals
History of Post Cereals
The Post Family
Marjorie Merriweather Post, A Biography

Guastavino Tile
New York Transit System
City Hall Subway System
The Kissing Post
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Grand Central Terminal

The History of Scotch Tape
General Grant Historical Monument (Grant's Tomb)
Wondering About Water Towers by Debbie Elliott

Marie Antoinette

Mystery Quotes to Memorize:

“Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?” Charles deLint

"Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.” R.I. Fitzhenry

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” Albert Einstein

The first official riders in
New York City's first subway,1904.


A 57-page Kids Wings Literature Guide PLUS a 50-page interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for
Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2-page Readers Theater Script
Quartet Reading
15-Second Summaries
New York Map Study
Map of Central Park
A Vocabulary List and Activities with the Frayer Model
Picturing Figures of Speech
Character Studies
Read-Predict Confirm Chapter Questions
Interactive Skip 7 Code Slide
Puzzling Clues, Deciphering a Code
Chapter Check-ups with Multiple Choice and Short Answer Questions
Who's Who Crossword Puzzle
Words to Pictures
Visualization Chapters
Shadow Puzzle
Nation Creation Double Puzzle
Filling in the Blanks on New York History
Research American Businesses Moving to China
Dot Puzzle/Poem
Showing Connections: Poems<--->Places
Sequel Cover
Writing Prompts
and MORE!
Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game
See thumbnails below.


Walls Within Walls is one of the 26 literature guides in Growing Young Americans. While you can purchase the individual literature guides for about $12.95, if you order Growing Young Americans, you can get the entire collection in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school and pay less than $2 a unit in the collection!

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