Un caillou au fond de la poche

by Florence Cochet

Au collège, seule la présence de Daisy, sa meilleure amie, permet à Henri de ne pas craquer face aux autres élèves. Mais un virus force la jeune fille à rester à la maison. Henri est seul et des racketteurs comptent bien en profiter. Le mystérieux caillou que lui a donné son enseignante de français excentrique pourrait peut-être suffire à le protéger des mauvais coups.

Publication Information

Published: 2019

Originally written in French

Number of pages: 127

Recommended FSL Programs and Grades

  • Grade 10 (Immersion)

  • Grade 11 (Extended, Immersion)

Race/Ethnic/Geographic Information

Author: white, lives in Switzerland

Characters: white (main character), Black/African/Caribbean Heritage (secondary character)

Setting: City in Europe

Notes from a teacher-reader

  • The side character is Black - does not fulfil the criteria for this book club.

  • Hook: Boy being bullied for being autistic, stands up for himself with the support of his friend.

  • Can’t be used for Core or Immersion - very difficult language (Level C1) even though it’s short.

  • Plotline about a boy being bullied for being different.

  • Author was a French teacher from Switzerland, a middle school teacher - hard to fit with FSL learning in Ontario.

  • Classroom use:

    • Language level very difficult (B2 or C1), Can’t be used for Core or Immersion.

    • Plotline is young targeted towards a middle school audience

    • Main character is white and autistic (lots of interesting details about the way he thinks).

    • Relatable although young.

Feel free to contact the teacher-reader, Amanda Cloutier, at amanda.cloutier@peelsb.com if you have questions about this novel.