Classroom Resources




Interactive Journal:
A Chapter-by-Chapter Search for Truth

Click here for the FREE Student Interactive Journal, available as a PDF download (if you have trouble accessing it, contact the author, and she will e-mail it to you as an attachment. If you prefer the printed version, click here (coil-bound 90-page workbook) to order it from the online store.

Sample Text from the Interactive Journal:

NO taking the fun out of the story! Kids should be allowed to read Gavin Goodfellow: The Lure of Burnt Swamp on their own before starting this study.
NO telling kids they have to "write the answers to the questions and turn them in."
NO making a kid use this if he rolls his eyes or gags at the word "journal."
NO using this as a chance to preach and nag. Let kids do the talking. Listen to them. Really listen.

READER, BE WARNED: You will have to think for yourself.

Okay, so here's the real deal. Gavin is on his way to greatness, but only because he is growing closer to God and learning to use each piece of his new armor, starting with the Belt of Truth. Are you ready to join Gavin and take up arms for the spiritual tug-of-war going on in your own life?

This is not just another school assignment. It's a chance for you to zoom in on traps and temptations you might not even know are there. How can you expect to make wise choices if you don't know what you're up against? Gavin and his crew are marching into serious trouble on their way to victory. So open up a Bible and check out these pages.

If you're using this journal in a classroom setting or youth group, great—I'm praying that it will stir up some riveting discussion. But you can also use it on your own—tuck it under your pillow for some private soul-searching. Either way, there's a good chance the Holy Spirit will show up and help you discover something about yourself or your friends you never saw before.

So what do you think? Are you ready for God to do some really cool things in your life? Whether you know it or not, you're already in a spiritual battle of good and evil. But take heart. The battle is the Lord's—and the Lord is on your side.

Literature Guide: Curriculum for Busy Middle School Teachers

Click here for the FREE draft (in PDF format) of the Literature Guide developed by Melanie Theofiles, Language Arts teacher at Epworth Christian School, the first teacher to use Gavin Goodfellow in the classroom. (If you have trouble accessing it below, contact the author, and she will e-mail the MS Word file to you as an attachment.)


Educators Embrace Gavin

Epworth Christian School

14511 Sycamore Road

Laurel, DE 19956

(302) 875-4488

July 24, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

I am pleased to recommend the book Gavin Goodfellow: The Lure of Burnt Swamp for use in the classroom: private, public or home. In my position as administrator of a private Christian school it is critical when looking for new curriculum to not only find work that is interesting and engaging for the student but excellent in presentation and intentional in its ability to align with standards that meet the core curriculum expectations. Gavin does all these things and more.

When we began investigating the possibility of using Gavin in the 8th grade Language Arts class, the instructor thought it would be advantageous for her to have a literature guide. Since that time our Integrated Language Arts instructor, Melanie Theofiles, has come under contract with the publisher of Gavin, Fruitbearer Publishing, to write a Literature Guide that will work in conjunction with the Student Interactive Journal; both of the companion pieces are scheduled to be available in November.

Any school that is looking for a great spiritual fantasy to add to their language arts curriculum would be wise to obtain Gavin Goodfellow: The Lure of Burnt Swamp. If I can provide any additional information or answer any questions, please feel free to call.

Ivy Bonk
School Administrator

Photo from author's 12/20/07 visit with Epworth Christian School students:

Eagle's Nest Christian Academy

P.O. Box 129

Milton, DE 19968

(302) 684-4983

July 20, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

Author, Candy Abbott, presented a copy of her book, Gavin Goodfellow, to me in June of 2007. After reviewing it, we were excited about the book and decided to incorporate it into our curriculum. In Gavin Goodfellow, Ms. Abbott arouses the curiosity of the reader encouraging them to seek out spiritual characters and local history; and the format in which the book is written will certainly help students enjoy reading.

Our current plans include itegrating the theme of the book into our English, history, and art classes. We will also use it to build unity among our middle school students by having them participate in creating decorations for their hallways and using related scripture verses during their Bible classes and Chapel meetings.

We urge you to consider using this book as an addition to your current curriculum. The educational value gained from the increased interest in reading is a worthwhile investment, especially in regard to middle school aged students.

If you have any questions or would like further information on Gavin Goodfellow, please feel free to contact me at the above address or phone number.

Lucy Dutton
Director of Education

Photos from author's 6/5/08 visit with Eagles Nest students:


Greenwood Mennonite School

12802 Mennonite School Road

Greenwood, DE 19950

(302) 349-4131

Dear Candy,

The students really enjoyed Gavin! Mary commented that it was their favorite of the books they readin this class. Most of those books were from the Top 10 lists for Middle Schoolers. Congratulations! We are excited to read more of Gavin's adventures. Let me know as soon as Book Two is ready. Thanks again for coming to visit.

Jill Deputy

Language Arts Teacher, Middle School

Photo from author's 4/16/08 visit with Greenwood Mennonite School students:

Take a gander at the GREAT notes that Candy received from Greenwood Mennonite just days before her birthday--this is the best gift an author could hope for. In case you're having trouble reading the small print, Destiny echoed Mary's sentiments (see Jill Deputy's note about the books being from the Top 10 middle school books): "Mrs. Abbott, I really enjoyed your book. I like how you used personalization. There was action and I really got very interested. I like this book above all the other books I read at this class. Looking forward to reading your other books."