Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapters 1-2 Abstract
* Dawson's Landing is a small town near the Mississippi River. Judge Driscoll is the most important person in town.
* Judge Driscoll lives with his wife and sister. He never had any children but wanted some.
Chapters 3-4 Abstract
* Judge Driscoll's brother Percy had several children who all died of illnesses. One remaining son...
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