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Something Wicked This Way Comes
Reading Guide for I. Arrivals
Chapter 1 (5-11)
__________________ is a lightning rod salesman. He is dressed in storm-colored clothing and approaches two friends named __________________ and __________________. The weather is changing and could be described as being ____________________________________. The boys say they have no money, but the lightning rod salesman gives them a ____________________________________.
Tom tells the boys that Jim’s house will be __________________ that evening. Will tells Jim they need to put up the rod. Jim decides to ____________________________________.
Chapter 2 (12-16)
Jim and Will go to visit Will’s dad __________________ at the __________________. Will’s dad works there as a janitor. He shows the boys a copy of __________________________ and talks to them about good vs. evil in the form of __________________ hat books and __________________ hat books. This relates to old western films and the hats the heroes and villains wore.
The boys show their personalities when they speak of the coming __________________. Will is __________________, whereas Jim is __________________.
Chapter 3 (17-19)
Charles has different views on the boys. He thinks that his son, Will, is _________________________________. Jim, on the other hand, ______________________________________________________. The boys’ friendship makes Charles jealous and he wishes that he ____________________________________.
Chapter 4 (20-22)
While running through town the boys encounter ____________________________________ and ____________________________________. The smell of __________________ fills the air.
Chapter 5 (23-26)
Charles leaves the library and hears a man singing ____________________________________. I think the importance of the song is ______________________________________________________. He then reads a poster and sees that the __________________ is in town. While staring at the ice sculpture he begins to dream about a ____________________________________.
Chapter 6 (27-29)
Jim tells Will that he wants to go to the ‘theater’. The theater isn’t a place for movies. It is actually a couple’s __________________. While watching, the boys see ____________________________________. Jim is __________________. Will is __________________. Jim goes back to watch again while Will takes the books home.
Chapter 7 (30-33)
The boys are disappointed that there is no one at the __________________ when they return.
The boys find a handbill for the __________________ that tells all about the __________________. They are both very excited. When they get home, Will sees the __________________ and is happy to feel Jim is safe.
Chapter 8 (34-38)
Will’s parents are described very differently. His mother is ____________________________________, but his father is ____________________________________. Charles is holding the __________________, but says nothing about it.
When Will goes to sleep, Charles says that he feels __________________. He then heads back to work. I think he returns to work because it makes him feel ______________________________________________________.
Chapter 9 (39-41)
Jim is described during this section. He is described as being ____________________________________ on page 39. Jim talks to his mother and seems to be ____________________________________. He wants to knock down the __________________ just to ____________________________________.
Chapter 10 (42-44)
Tom Fury stops and sees the same ice that Charles saw. He dreams of __________________ while looking at it. He then __________________ the building where the ice rests.
Chapter 11 (45-47)
At __________________, the train arrives. Jim wants to go ____________________________________.
The train is described as ________________________________________________________________________.
Jim runs to watch the set up; Will __________________.
Chapter 12 (48-53)
Will shares his thoughts on friendship. He believes that ______________________________________________________. The train’s whistle is blown through by the wind and it sounds like it is ____________________________________. The carnival leader is described as ____________________________________. The workers were __________________ __________________. The mood of this chapter is _________________________________. Jim is __________________.
Chapter 13 (54-56)
Charles sees the boys ____________________________________. The Mirror Maze is described as __________________ ____________________________________. When Charles goes home he notice that the __________________ and __________________ are not in the window like before.
Chapter 14 (57-59)
It is that time of night again, 3 a.m. It is important because ___________________________________________________. Emotionally, Charles is ______________________________________________________.
Chapter 15 (60-66)
During the day, the carnival appears to be ____________________________________. Jim isn’t fooled.
The boys see their teacher, __________________. Will warns her not to go in the __________________, but she goes in anyway. __________________ freaks out and the boys ‘rescue’ her. She claims that there is a lost __________________ inside and that it looked like ____________________________________. Will wants to __________________, Jim wants to __________________. They agree not to ____________________________________.
Chapter 16 (67-69)
Jim vanishes at __________________ and Will finds him at ____________________________________. Jim won’t say what he saw, but says that they will ____________________________________. Will doesn’t want to, but he knows that if Jim asks him to ____________________________________.
Chapter 17 (70-71)
The boys find __________________’s bag. He is nowhere to be found. The boys return to the carnival after everyone left.
Chapter 18 (72-80)
The boys go to the out-of-order __________________. A first man (Cooger) grabs them and lifts them, but another says to put the boys down. The 2nd man is Mr. Dark. Mr. Dark is _____________________________________________________ _________________________________________. Jim claims his name is __________________. Dark tells them to leave and for Jim to return the next day.
The boys climb a tree nearby. Will wants to leave; Jim wants to investigate. They watch __________________ and __________________ start the __________________. It spins __________________. Cooger is riding and appears to get __________________. When he got on he looked __________________, but only __________________ after he got off. The boys were freaked out, but they wanted to see more.
Chapter 19 (81-88)
The boys __________________ Cooger to __________________’s street. They see a boy with Cooger’s __________________ watching them from a window inside their teacher’s house. They decide that they must __________________ her.
Miss Foley asks the boys inside and the boy is hiding behind a storm colored __________________. Will has decided this boy is __________________. Jim believes the boy looks familiar. He is __________________. They agree to meet Miss Foley and the boy at the __________________ the next day.
On the walk home, the boys figure out the music of the carousel. It is _______________________________________________.
Chapter 20 (89-91)
The boys get home and their parents are __________________. They are both sent to their rooms. Charles tells Will to be __________________ and then he leaves for work. Will tosses a rock at __________________, but Jim doesn’t answer.
Chapter 21 (92-94)
At 10:35, Jim __________________ without telling __________________. __________________ sees him, however, and follows him. The end up at __________________’s house.
Chapter 22 (95-99)
Jim is trying to call __________________ (Cooger), but Will stops him. Jim tells Will to __________________. The boy comes outside and throws __________________ at Will and Jim. Miss Foley comes out as the boys are running away and screams, “__________________!” Will knows that no one will believe a word they say from now on. They are they described as animals running. I think the significance of the animals chosen is ______________________________________________________.
Chapter 23 (100-104)
The boys chase __________________ (Cooger) all the way to the __________________. The machine is on and he is going __________________ on it. Will and Jim __________________ the controls and it keeps on __________________. Cooger can’t get off and by the time he does, he appears to be __________________ and __________________. The boys run away.
Chapter 24 (105-117)
The boys call __________________ for help, but when they arrive __________________ is gone. The boys and police enter a tent of freaks trying out new tricks. The __________________ seems familiar to Will. I think he is _______________________. Cooger is strapped to an __________________ and Mr. Dark, the __________________, says it is a new trick and lights him up. The __________________ brings Cooger back. He says he __________________ his death to ___________________________. Mr. Dark asks their names. Jim says he is _______________________________. Will says _____________________________. Mr. Dark gives them __________________ and the boys wait for a ride home.
Additional Notes and Ideas:l wants to __________________, Jim wants to __________________. They agree not to ____________________________________.
Jim is trying to call __________________ (Cooger), but Will stops him. Jim tells Will to __________________. The boy comes outside and throws __________________ at Will and Jim. Miss Foley comes out as the boys are running away and screams, “__________________!” Will knows that no one will believe a word