||Tree Girl Project
The following videos were created by 10th graders about the novel Tree Girl. The author of Tree Girl, Ben Mikaelsen, visited Indian River last year to discuss his experiences as a writer.Tree Girl is a powerful novel about Guatemalan massacres that occurred in the early 1980s. The following synopsis from amazon.com explains the novel in more depth.
They call Gabriela Tree Girl. Gabi climbs trees to be within reach of the eagles and watch the sun rise into an empty sky. She is at home among the outstretched branches of the Guatemalan forests.
Then one day from the safety of a tree, Gabi witnesses the sights and sounds of an unspeakable massacre. She vows to be Tree Girl no more and joins the hordes of refugees struggling to reach the Mexican border. She has lost her whole family; her entire village has been wiped out. Yet she clings to the hope that she will be reunited with her youngest sister, Alicia. Over dangerous miles and months of hunger and thirst, Gabriela's search for Alicia and for a safe haven becomes a search for self. Having turned her back on her own identity, can she hope to claim a new life?
After reading the novel, students were asked to make a book trailer advertising the novel Tree Girl. The videos below were chosen as the best in each class. Enjoy!
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