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Gennifer Choldenko
Gennifer Choldenko

Librarian and Teacher Resources

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts Edu­ca­tor’s Guide

Alca­traz, the True Sto­ries: inter­views with peo­ple who lived and worked on the Rock

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Al Capone Shines My Shoes Dis­cus­sion Guide (in color)

Thanks to Emi­ly Hed­dle­son for her work on this guide.

Gina and Grey
Gennifer’s broth­er, Grey and her sis­ter, Gina. Their rela­tion­ship inspired the Tales from Alca­traz series.
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve Edu­ca­tors’ Guide

Thanks to Ter­ri Evans for her work on this guide.

Chasing Secrets

Chas­ing Secrets Edu­ca­tors’ Guide

Chas­ing Secrets Writ­ing Time­line (videos)

Mak­ing His­to­ry Come Alive for Kids 8–13, an impro­vi­sion around Chas­ing Secrets by Gen­nifer Chold­enko and Fever 1793 by Lau­rie Halse Ander­son, school- or library-ready program

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Peri­od Teach­ing Guide.

No Passengers Beyond This Point

No Pas­sen­gers Beyond This Point Dis­cus­sion Guide.

Notes from a Liar and Her Dog

Notes from a Liar and Her Dog Teach­ing Guide.

Orphan Eleven
Gennifer Choldenko and elephant
Gen­nifer got to vis­it four ele­phant sanc­tu­ar­ies in Thai­land to research Orphan Eleven. (The best trip of her life.)