Teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers are VIPs!

Here are a few things I do to roll out the red carpet:

  • Digital copies of all my children’s titles are available to educators for free. Simply shoot me an email at misenhoff (at) hotmail (dot) com. Tell me what books you want and what format you want them in (mobi, epub, or pdf) and I’ll send them right out. Feel free to pass them around to your student’s devices.
  • Extensive classroom materials are available for many of my books (Classroom Resources series below).
  • I’m always available to interact with classrooms via email or Skype.

Lexile Scores

The Candle Star: 800L
Blood of Pioneers: 780L
Beneath the Slashings: 740L
The Quill Pen: 730L
Song of the Mountain: 720L
Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul: 700L

Tip Jar

If you’ve enjoyed my books, I’d greatly appreciate a mention to others!

Classroom Resources Series

Here’s a little help for teachers to get the most mileage out of my novels. Each book in my Classroom Resources series includes chapter by chapter discussion/study questions, vocabulary, social studies extension ideas, primary sources, and weblinks, all aligned with Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core standards. Paperbacks are printed with handy 8.5 x 11 reproducible pages.

The Candle Star

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Designed for use with historical fiction novel, The Candle Star.
Grades 5-8


Links to additional materials:

Online audio file for Beethoven’s “Fur Elise”
Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on YouTube

Map of Detroit, 1873
Second Baptist Church of Detroit image, 1881
Seymour Finny Barn image
Map of Underground Railroad Routes
Underground Railroad in Michigan
Text of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
Library of Congress Photos Search
Frederick Douglass Papers, Library of Congress
Online text of Slave Autobiographies, including Frederick Douglass
Many Digital Slave Narratives
Complete Text of the Moses Roper Narrative
Complete Text of the William S. Falls Narrative
1856 Map of North American Rails and Canals
Scholastic: The Underground Railroad
National Geographic: The Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad Interactive Map
History: Underground Railroad

Bonus Candle Star lesson plans:
The Candle Star Anticipation Guide (Pre-reading activity)
The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the Civil War Era
Map Skills, Railroads–Using Primary Resources

Blood of Pioneers

Classroom resources Blood of PioneersDesigned for use with historical fiction novel, Blood of Pioneers.
Grades 5-8


Links to additional materials:

Civil War Images by Matthew Brady
Text of the Emancipation Proclamation
Interactive Map of Allegan County 1873
Michigan Railroad Map, 1876
Michigan 17th Infantry

Map of Michigan’s Indian Trails
Old Maps of the Erie Canal
Early Michigan Roads
The Panic of 1857
Civil War Generals
Civil War Medicine
History of Wayland
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo Plank Road
Civil War for Kids
Slavery: Cause and Catalyst of the Civil War
Social Studies for Kids

Beneath the Slashings

BookCoverImageDesigned for use with historical fiction novel, Beneath the Slashings.
Grades 5-8


Links to additional materials:

Collection of Lumbering Images
Lumbering in Michigan 1840-1900 Collection of Primary Sources
Michigan State University Lumbering Era Overview
Michigan Board Feet
Interactive Maps of Michigan
Saginaw Lumbering Article from 1868
Manistee History
Searchable War Images
Lumberjack Lingo
Civil War Medicine
Great Fire of 1871
Professional Paper on Michigan Fires of 1871 by Huug van den Dool
Great Fire of 1881
Song “I Wonder as I Wander”
Personal Narrative of Lumberjack W. G. Leonard
Seeking Michigan Lumber Camp Archive
Michigan Lumbering History 5 Minute Video
Hartwick Pines State Park
North Country History
Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (Lyrics)
Soundtracks of Lumberjack Songs
Kids Tour: Lumber
The White Pine Era
Green Gold

The Quill Pen

quill pen classroom resources new coverDesigned for use with fantasy novel, The Quill Pen.
Grades 5-8


Links to Additional Materials:

James Fennimore Coopers Leatherstocking Tales
Free Kindle version of Treasure Island
Phoenix Legends
Herb Lore
Preemption Act of 1841 and Homesteading
Tide Pools Video (6:23)
History of the Widow’s Walk
New England Colonies
New England
Flour Milling in America
Types of Mills
History of American Railroads
Early Stagecoaches
United States Territorial Acquisitions
Doctine of Discovery and American Expansion
History of American General Stores

Song of the Mountain

song classroom resources new coverDesigned for use with fantasy novel, Song of the Mountain.
Grades 5-8


Links to Additional Materials:

Purchase a Japanese puzzle box
YouTube video (1:45) of puzzle box
Origami Fun
Wu Xing diagram (the 5 elements)
Creation stories from around the world
Panda Bear Legend
Confusianism for Kids
Chow Chow Dog Breed
Chinese Name Meanings
Chinese Surnames
KidSpot Chinese Recipes
China Maps
Ducksters: Chinese Clothing
Dragon Legends Video

The Color of Freedom

Designed for use with historical fiction novel, The Color of Freedom.
Grades 6-9

Links to additional materials: 

Painting of Paul Revere, by John Singleton Copley
Interactive Map of Boston, 1775, by Thomas Hyde Page
Printable Map of Boston, 1775
Map of the Countryside Surrounding Boston
Treasury of Primary Source Documents
Indentured Agreement, 1742

Colonial Dictionary
Colonial Architecture
Colonial Foods
The Tavern in Colonial America
Another Collectiono of Primary Sources
Colonial Currency
Early American Music
Uniforms of the Revolutionary War
Proclamation of 1763
Clothing of the 18th Century
American Revolution.org 

Teach US History
EyeWitness to History
Colonial Williamsburg Site

9 thoughts on “Teachers

  1. Michelle,

    I hope you do not mind, but I “borrowed” your apple. I think it will look so nice on the sidebar of my review site. I thought I would link it back to this page, you know, in case anyone else would want an apple, especially teachers. I bet they do not get as many apples as they did in my day (no, I am not saying when that was, trust me, it’s true).

    If you should get any new varieties of apples and would like me to change or link this one, on my site, elsewhere, let me know. It is the least I can do, it is your apple.

  2. This is such exciting news- I feel like it is my birthday! As a teacher- I am thrilled. I so enjoyed Beneath the Slashings and have wanted to read the rest of the trilogy. I will definitely be passing on this information to other teachers! You are so kind and thanks for spreading the love. 🙂 `

  3. Michelle — being a homeschooler as well do you also provide your books to “home teachers”? Are your materials useable by the home educator? I ask because I am starting a blog/website for homeschooling families in the Portland Oregon region and would love to include a link to your site.

  4. What a GREAT idea. If it wasn’t for my 11th grade English teacher, I would never have been turned on to reading and writing. Thanks for doing this (and for giving me the idea to do it as well).

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