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Learn all about hard work and keeping to it in this literary adventure! In By the Great Horn Spoon, students join two stowaways on the Lady Wilma on their way to the Gold Rush in California. Can they survive the grizzly bear, coyote, and crazy miners? A striking contrast to blazing California, Ronia, the Robber's Daughter lives in a surreal, enchanted forest filled with unusual, dangerous creatures and people, unusual in everyday life. This unusual girl is surrounded and loved by many unusual people who would, in normal circumstances, be called robbers. Let’s see what we can learn from these steadfast characters.


  • Day and Time: Thursdays, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM ET
  • Class Duration: 4 Weeks
  • Dates: April 3-May 1, 2025
    • No class April 17 (Spring Break)
  • Recommended for: Ages 9+ / Grades 4-5
  • Teacher: TTK Faculty
  • Required materials: 
    • By the Great Horn Spoon, by Sid Fleischman

    • Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, by Astrid Lindgren


By the Great Horn Spoon, by Sid Fleischman
When Jack's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion but is still unable to raise enough money to pay her debts, the twelve-year-old goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every turn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed?


Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter, by Astrid Lindgren
On the night Ronia was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt's castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy - for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronia learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then, one day, Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt's arch-enemy. Soon after Ronia and Birk become friends the worst quarrel ever between the rival bands erupts, and Ronia and Birk are right in the middle.

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