Bibliographic information: Cormier, R. (2001). The Rag and Bone Shop: a novel. New York: Delacorte Press.

Annotation: This book is about a police interrogation officer named Trent. He is called by all of the surrounding police stations because of his 100% confession rate. He is called to help with the murder case of a girl named Alicia. If he gets a confession from a boy named Jason, then he will get a promotion. The boy is innocent, but Trent is able to get a confession from him that is inaccurate. It wasn’t discovered that it was false until the girl’s brother comes forward and confesses that he was the one that killed his sister. This discredited Trent, and he was demoted for getting a false confession.

 Genre: Mystery

Grade Level: 4-5

Readers who will like this book:  People who like mysteries and people learning about investigations

 Personal Response and Rating: I give this book a 5/5. I love mystery books, I find them to be exciting and entertaining. I like to try to figure out what is going to happen before it does.

Text Dependent Question: Why did Trent want to get a confession from Jason when he knew that he was innocent?

Strategy #27 Plot Profiles: This strategy has students plot the sequence of events in the story on a plot diagram. It helps them to look at where the high and low points of action were in the story. They would make new plot points after each chapter.

Rationale: I think that this would be a good book to make a plot profile with because there is so much action in the book. It would be a good way for students to think about what the most action filled points in the story were and where conflict and resolution occurred.

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