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Flowers For Algernon

by Daniel Keyes  |  Grades: 8-12  |  Ages: 14+  |  Lexile Level: 910 

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Mentally challenged Charlie Gordon participates in an experiment which turns him into a genius and introduces him to heartache.

Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie? 

Reviews

"A tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching."-- The New York Times
"An ingeniously touching story . . . Moving . . . Intensely real."-- The Baltimore Sun

Awards

Hugo Award
Nebula Award

Biographical Note About Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes (1927 - 2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. He was the author of eight books, including the classic Flowers for Algernon, first published in 1966, which would go on to sell more than five million copies and inspire the Oscar-winning film Charly. He also worked as a merchant seaman, a fiction editor, a high school teacher, and as a university professor at Ohio University, where he was honored at Professor Emeritus in 2000. He won the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work and was chosen as an Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000.

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