Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
There were several places where I wanted to put this book down, because the main character kept making painful decisions, but I was glad I kept reading. While I can't say I enjoyed it, exactly, I think it is a powerful story that raises important issues about who we choose to be and what defines us. There is an abusive parent, a tragic accident, and repeated bullying. There is also resilience, community support, and redemption. An interesting study of bullies, in various forms, from communist accusers to abusive parents to schoolyard meanness. It's also an interesting study of community, and how people have different sides to them in different contexts. It's a book worth reading and discussing.
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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