Maya and The Rising Dark Activities

Maya and The Rising Dark: Activities Workbook

Twelve-year-old Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night and a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams. Her friends try to find an explanation—perhaps a ghost uprising or a lunchroom experiment gone awry. But to Maya, it sounds like something from one of Papa’s stories or her favorite comics.

Join Maya on her journey with these educational and fun activities.


Check out these resources designed to help navigate the story.

  • Educators’ Guide
  • Parents’ Guide 
  • Downloadable Sticker Sheet
  • Downloadable Bookmark

Chapter Quizzes

After reading each chapter of Maya and The Rising Dark, take the quiz to test your knowledge of the events of the story. Results can be emailed to parents or teachers for review.

Games and Puzzles

Learn more about Maya and her friends through these fun activities.

Discussion Questions

Start a discussion about the book and support your opinion through examples. 

  • View the full list of questions