The Long Shadow by Phyllis Wheeler

Richie doesn’t expect to time-travel. He just wants to go camping.

Looking for a woodland campsite, fourteen-year-old Richie wanders between two cedar trees. Suddenly, it’s not summer but late fall. Even so, Richie doesn’t realize at first that he’s traveled back in time fifty years. After a freak storm, he’s freezing. Morris, a mysterious black woodsman, saves him.

But why are the police chasing Richie? And why is Morris so determined to hide from everyone? Both long for home. But getting there seems impossible.

Then Richie realizes that the key to bringing Morris in from the cold could be a trip farther back in time—to try to prevent a terrible crime.

Winner of a Purple Dragonfly Award from Story Monsters Ink Magazine and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Winner of a Purple Dragonfly Award from Story Monsters Ink Magazine, as well as a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Find why so many fans love this book and its positive message of reconciliation and hope. Learn more at Phyllis’ website.


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  • Ages 13 and up
  • Written by a Christian
  • Classic Comparison: To Kill a Mockingbird

An eight-week unit study including vocabulary, comprehension, and extended lessons on related themes from the book:

  • Civil War
  • The Roaring 20’s
  • Hopping Freight Trains
  • Haiku
  • Hypothermia
  • Oak trees
  • and more

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