Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and Up
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Alton has always been encouraged to be kind to his wealthy uncle, but they don't really get to know each other until Alton begins driving his blind uncle to his bridge games. Alton learns to play bridge, and he begins to unravel family secrets that have been whispered about in his family for as long as he can remember.
This book, from the author of Holes, shares several traits with that award-winning title. In addition to a complex family history that affects the plot, the book deals with the differences in the way characters view their circumstances.
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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