Teaching with Kate Messner
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Explore the Kate Messner teachers site and discover how you can use Ranger in Time, Capture the Flag, Hide and Seek, and the Marty McGuire books in the classroom!
Print Ranger in Time bookmarks for your whole class!
Download the Ranger in Time discussion guide that includes discussion questions, writing activities, and downloadable bookmarks for your students’ reading adventures!
Download the Capture the Flag discussion guide that includes discussion questions, writing activities, games, and a letter from Kate Messner.
Watch a message from Kate Messner about her behind-the-scenes trip to the Smithsonian and how Capture the Flag ties in to the Common Core Standards.
About Kate Messner
Kate Messner is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; Sugar and Ice; Eye of the Storm; Sea Monster’s First Day; Over and Under the Snow; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at www.katemessner.com.
Kate Messner is the author of Marty McGuire and The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.
Kate Messner is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; Sugar and Ice; Eye of the Storm; Sea Monster’s First Day; Over and Under the Snow; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. Kate offers both in-person and virtual visits to schools, libraries, book clubs, and other community groups.
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Meet Marty McGuire! She would rather spend recess catching frogs than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the school play, Marty’s absolutely, positively sure there’s been a huge mistake. What will happen when Marty comes up with her own plan to improve the play?
Marty’s class has a special assignment: Save the Earth! Marty is pretty sure that her idea to turn the cafeteria garbage into fertilizer will win the award for best project. But when the worms from the fertilizer escape, things don’t go exactly as Marty planned!
After visiting a sanctuary for retired lab chimpanzees, Marty wants to follow in the footsteps of her idol Jane Goodall and help with their care. But "adopting a chimp" is expensive, so Marty and her pals hatch a plan to raise money by holding a talent show at school and opening a pet-sitting business in Marty's basement. While they're juggling a lazy boa constrictor, an anxious hamster, a cranky hedgehog, three hyperactive goldfish, and a potty-mouthed parrot, some of the pets get loose, and chaos ensues!
Anna, José, and Henry are snowed in together at a chaotic Washington DC airport when the news stations are reporting that the famous flag that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice. As the snow starts clearing they find themselves in a race against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.
The action-packed sequel to Capture the Flag!
José, Anna, and Henry are junior members of the secret Silver Jaguar Society, sworn to protect the world's most important artifacts. When they discover that the society's treasured Jaguar Cup has been replaced with a counterfeit, the trio and their families rush to the rain forests of Costa Rica in search of the real chalice. But when the trail runs dry, new mysteries emerge: Who can they trust? Is there a traitor in their midst? With danger at every turn, it will take more than they realize for José and his friends to recover the cup before it falls into the wrong hands.
Henry, Anna, and José head from Boston to Paris for their most dangerous mission yet: to solve the mystery of an international art heist! Shortly after they arrive, they learn that a member of the Silver Jaguar Society is working as a double agent, passing information to the criminal gang the Serpentine Princes—but who could it be? When the senior members of the Society go missing, it's up to Henry, Anna, José, and their smug new comrade, Hem, to mount a rescue while staying hot on the trail of a missing masterpiece. Running around—and below—a foreign city filled with doppelgangers, decoys, and deceit, the three sleuths discover they're the only hope for the Society's survival!
Meet Ranger! He's a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble...and always saves the day!
Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can't officially pass the test because he's always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam's family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives, he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger's help more than they realize!
Reviews and Awards
"Believable and endearing characters in a realistic elementary-school setting will be just the thing for fans of Clementine and Ramona."
New York Public Library's 2011 list of 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
Summer 2011 Kids' Indie Next List --- "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
"A quick, amusing read with an easily digestible environmental message; it is a perfect match for its young intended audience. Floca’s cheery black-and-white illustrations match the upbeat theme of the tale."
~Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Capture the Flag
Parents’ Choice FunStuff Award Winner
Hide and Seek
"Aptly titled, this energetic treasure hunt is sure to find an enthusiastic audience."
"This fast-paced historical environmental mystery promises to be an enjoyable addition to the Silver Jaguars fans. Readers who enjoyed the 39 Clues series will find this a suitable next read."
~Reading Today Online
Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail
"...incorporates a wealth of historical details into her rousing adventure story."
"...full-page illustrations and enough action to keep even reluctant readers engaged. This is a stellar choice for readers just starting full-length chapter books and would be a hit with young history buffs and dog lovers as well."
~School Library Journal
"The third-person narration expertly balances Ranger's thoughts between the appropriately doglike (squirrels! bacon!) and the heroic (Ranger's drive to find and protect). This well-paced story will keep the attention of even reluctant readers with its commitment to accurately chronicling the excitement and danger of the Oregon Trail. Whom will Ranger save next?"