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The Raven Boys

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in December | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on The Raven Boys)

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, 2012

1. Every character in this novel is on a quest. Pick two characters and describe their quests. In what ways are their quests mutually supportive, or in conflict with each other early on. Does this change over time?

2. How do you interpret the quotes in the prologue from Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde in light of the novel? What character or characters does each quote remind you of? Why?

3. What is your theory on what happened to Blue’s father? What evidence in the narrative do you base this on?

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Never Fall Down

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in November | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Never Fall Down)

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Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012

1. Author Patricia McCormick explains in her author’s note why she chose to write in Arn’s own “distinct and beautiful voice,” which doesn’t follow the rules of English grammar and syntax. What impact did this decision have on you as a reader? In what ways do you think your understanding of Arn and his experience would be different if the book had been written in grammatically correct English?

2. Why do you think the transition from the life as a boy soldier to life in the United States was difficult for Arn?

3. The Holocaust during World War II is something with which most of us are familiar. Why do you think so little is known about other genocides, like the one Arn survived in Cambodia?

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The Pregnancy Project

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in October | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on The Pregnancy Project)

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The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer. Simon & Schuster, 2012

1. What were some of the events in her family that made Gaby so adamant about not becoming a teen mom?

2. How would you have felt if you were one of Gaby’s friends or family when she announced her pregnancy was a hoax?

3. Gaby says: “Could it be that people don’t want others to beat stereotypes? Could it be that people who don’t fit the mold make it uncomfortable for others to hold on to their prejudices?” What do you think?

 

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Amulet / Abrams, 2012

1. Greg tries to tell the reader he is not upset over Rachel’s death when he clearly is. What are ways the author makes clear through Greg’s actions that he finds what is happening to Rachel upsetting? What other things in his life does Greg try to deceive the reader about?

2. How did the use of humor affect you as you read a book about a dying girl? Can you point to one or two specific scenes where you thought the humor was surprising or especially effective?

3. If you had the chance to make a movie about one of your friends, whom would you choose and why? What are some scenes you would want to film, or information you would want to include, and what would these reveal about your subject?

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime)

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightttime by Mark Haddon. U.S. edition: Vintage, 2004

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Code Talker

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Code Talker)

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Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac. Dial, 2005

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Rash

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Rash)

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Rash by Pete Hautman. Simon & Schuster, 2006

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Pick-Up Game

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | May - (Comments Off on Pick-Up Game)

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Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. Candlewick Press, 2011

1. This book was written with each author adding to the sequence of stories. In what way(s) were you surprised by something revealed in a later story about a character or characters introduced in a previous story?

2. Do you know much about basketball? How do you think your knowledge/lack of knowledge about basketball affected your response to the stories?

3. Choose a character you would like to be friends with. Why?

The Watch That Ends the Night

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | April - (Comments Off on The Watch That Ends the Night)

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The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf. Candlewick Press, 2011

1. Which character were you the most drawn to and why?

2. How does knowing the ending of this story affect you as you read?

3. What did you learn about the Titanic that you didn’t know before?

Beauty Queens

March 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | March - (Comments Off on Beauty Queens)

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Scholastic Press, 2011

1. What is this book making fun of?

2. What stereotypes are broken down or reinforced in this novel (e.g. stereotypes of the states)?

3. Who would you cast as the characters if this were a movie and why?

Want to Go Private?

February 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | February | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Want to Go Private?)

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Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman. Scholastic Press, 2011

1. As a reader, how many red flags can you identify as Abby is “groomed” by Luke?

2. What is the effect of having different perspectives in Parts 1, 2, and 3? How did this work for you as a reader?

3. The characters in the book reference guidelines they were given about online safety. How would you teach online safety to younger kids?

Blink & Caution

January 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | January | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Blink & Caution)

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Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2011

1. How do the names “Blink” and “Caution” reflect the identities of the two main characters? Do you have a nickname that authentically describes you?

2. How does the relationship between Blink and Caution change over the course of the book?

3. Blink, Caution, and Jack Niven are all trying to keep a secret. What are those secrets and how are they resolved?

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