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Alan Gratz

Two Degrees

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2022

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Teacher Introduction

Two Degrees

  • Genre: Fiction; middle grade realistic
  • Originally Published: 2022
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 770L; grades 5-9
  • Structure/Length: 4 parts, 108 chapters; approx. 384 pages; approx. 9 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Four young teens fight for survival as the impact of climate change causes disaster in three distinct locations: the Sierra Nevada, California; Churchill, Manitoba; and Miami, Florida.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Disasters (wildfire and hurricane); death; violence; detailed descriptions of burned and drowned bodies

Alan Gratz, Author

  • Bio: Born 1972; holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee; currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina; member of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame; awarded the National Jewish Book Award, the Young Hoosier Book Award, and the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights Honor (2017) for his novel Refugee.
  • Other Works: Prisoner B-3087 (2013); Projekt 1065 (2016); Refugee (2017); Allies (2019); Ground Zero (2021)
  • Awards: National Council for the Social Studies-Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Books List (2023); Junior Library Guild selection

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Guide:

  • Human Connection and the Natural World
  • Coming of Age in a Changing World
  • Survival and Resilience in Disaster

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Teaching Guide, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the social, scientific, and historical contexts regarding climate change for increased comprehension of the main characters’ conflicts.