Jack the Tripper by Gene Barretta is about a villain that is tripping students. The students from Dizzle Day Elementary School keep having awful things happen to them each day by "Jack the Tripper"...until it is discovered that they have been lying to their teacher. The end of the story has a real "villain" show up...just when your kids think they have figured out the story.
Since I teach at a private school, we can't celebrate Halloween. This book, however, is a great not-so-spooky book that I can get away with using that fits this time of year. Each year I use it for different things, some years I have used it for predicting, other years for synthesizing, or for inferring. It has a nice basic story line that lends itself to all of those skills.
What are some of your favorite Language Arts mentor texts to use this time of year?