Alice Hoffman Author Study
"Hoffman writes in lyrical, stripped-down poetry that distills both magic and elemental experience into essential, unforgettable words." — Booklist, on Green Witch
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
An author study is an excellent way to investigate and celebrate the work of a writer.
Start your author study by reading a short biography of Alice Hoffman and choosing a selection of her books to read — some of which have FREE Teaching Resources, such as book talks, discussion guides, and extension activities. Then go to Scholastic's Author Study Guide to get more detailed information about conducting an author study and to download free printables. Students may want to visit the authors website for more information on their books and life.
Claire and Hailey had no way of knowing that the creature at the bottom of the swimming pool that summer would change their lives forever.
When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place of ashes where nothing seems to grow, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden...
I would have gone with my family to the city across the river the day it happened, but I had to stay home and weed the garden. It was the day my existence changed forever.
For Martha, Trout, and Eel, running away starts them on a journey that will lead them to discover who they truly and ultimately are.
Alice Hoffman has said that in children's books realism and magic go hand in hand. These two short novels, Aquamarine and Indigo, deal especially with issues of childhood and adolescence.
Martha Glimmer and her friends Trout and Eel decide to run away from home to find what each most desires, but their journey is cut short by a storm that brings all characters in the story face to face with their own true nature.