Conduct an in-depth comparison of two award-winning, contemporary novels. Prompt students to think critically, analyze deeply, and cite extensively from texts. Examine how two authors approach literary elements such as Characterization, Plot, Setting and Genre, Theme, and Craft and Structure. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the novels, supporting their ideas and opinions through deep discussion, written responses, and the creation of Interactive Literature Notebooks. Also included are activities for the individual novels. This is an excellent resource for modeling and mastering close reading. Correlated to the Common Core State Standards.