This book is a fast read, and like Locomotion, it is told entirely through a series of poems. Readers are able to see the U.S. through Ha's eyes, from the peculiarities of the English language to the new holidays and food. This is an excellent book to use as a starting point for discussions with students about bullying, and explore reasons why some people distrust those who have different customs. Readers will easily be able to relate to the way Ha misses things about her old life, and to the difficulties of being a new student.
Mother has always wanted
an engineer, a real doctor, a poet,
and a lawyer.
She turns to me.
You love to argue, right?
No I don't.
I vow to become more agreeable."
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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