Grade Level: 7, 8
Fountas and Pinnell Level: X
Theme: Family, Friendship, Traditions
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
The first impression my students had of “The Mob” was a book about animals…too immature for grade 7s! But upon further exploration, the themes of family and friendship are strong. Traditions, strength of character, responsibilities, and loyalty are all great discussion topics.
The Mob of crows which makes up a very extended family, meets together at an annual Gathering. This coming-of-age story is about Kyp, a male adolescent crow who is temporarily exiled for causing the accidental death of another crow, but prematurely returns to warn his family of imminent danger. Kyp’s proposal offers no guarantee of survival against the challenge the family faces. Only teamwork, strength and wisdom will give the crows a fighting chance.