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Wendelin Van Draanen

Chapter 1-2

Chapter 3-4

1) Character traits
2) Reading response
3) 1st Character Fortune

1) Character traits
2) Reading response
3) Making Connections to

Chapter 7-8
1) Character traits
2) Reading response
3) Making Connections to

Chapter 13-14
1) Character traits
2) Reading response
3) Making Connections to

Chapter 5-6
1) Character traits
2) Part 1 - Character
Changes Bryce or Juli
3) 2nd Character Fortune


Chapter 11-12

Chapter 9-10

1) Character traits
2) Reading response
3) 3rd Character Fortune

1) Character traits
2) Reading response
3) Making Connections to

1) Part 2 - Character
Changes Bryce or

1) Character Symbols

Questions for class discussion

Chapters 1-6
Why do you think two people who experience the same thing can have such different views? Has this every happened to

What does sending someone mixed messages mean? Do you think Bryce sends Juli mixed messages? Explain.

Why do you think Bryce felt like crying over a tree that he did not even like?
b) When Juli and her dad talk about Bryce, her dad tells her to "start looking at the whole landscape." (p. 33) What do you
think he meant and why do you thinks this way?
Why do you think Bryces dad believes that love is something to be feared? (p. 58)

Why do you think Bryce was so harsh in his judgment of Julis science fair project?

Chapters 7-8
Describe the relationship between Bryce and his grandfather in the beginning of the novel (Remember to address Bryces
point of view and the grandfathers point of view). How has their relationship changed in chapter 7? Why do you think the
change occurred? Explain.
Define iridescent. Bryce's grandfather says about Juli, "Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss. . . But
every once in a while you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare."
What do you think this means? Describe qualities that make Juli iridescent.
Bryce hides the newspaper article that his grandfather tells him to read about Juli and the sycamore tree. Later, when
Bryce finally decides to look at the article, he sees Juli in a new light and hides the article for a different reason. As Bryce
reads the article, he realizes that he feels very differently about Juli. What do you think happened to change his point of
view? (p. 98-99)
Chapters 9-14
What is hypocrisy? Give a clear example of how Bryce behaved like a hypocrite in chapter 9.
What does Juli realize when she states: Maybe it was all how you looked at it. Maybe there were things I saw as ugly that
other people thought were beautiful. What example in your life can you connect to this statement?
Why did Bryce say that he would rather Juli be mad or gaga over him than just nice?


Bryce Main Character



Example from text

Julianna Main Character



Example from text

Chet Main Character



Example from text

Chapter 1-2 Reading Response Journal

Give two examples of Bryces strategic avoidance of Juli.
Chapter 3-4 Reading Response Journal
What do you think Bryces grandfather meant when he said that she had an iron backbone. (p. 28)?

In your opinion, is Juli too good for Bryce or- is Bryce too good for Juli? Provide two (2) examples from the story to support your opinion.

Chapter 5-6 Reading Response Journal

Do you agree with the manner in which Bryce dealt with Julis egg deliveries? Explain. What would you have done in the same situation? Have you
ever done anything dishonest to avoid embarrassment? Explain.

Chapter 7-8 Reading Response Journal

What important change is taking place in Julianna's attitude toward Bryce? Why?

Chapter 9-10 Reading Response Journal

Julis dad states: Mr. Loski adds up to a much better husband and father than a man like me does. Hes more around, he provides more, and hes
probably a lot more fun. (p. 140) List 3 personality traits for the fathers; and provide an example from the text that supports your thinking. Do
you agree with Mr. Loskis point of view? Explain.

Mr. Loski




Mr. Baker




Chapter 11-12 Reading Response Journal

When Bryce told Garrett about Juli's uncle, Garrett's reaction made Bryce want to punch him, but he didn't. What does that tell you about Bryce?
Explain your answer.

Chapter 13-14 Reading Response Journal

Choose a character from the list below. Write a flipped version of an event that occurred in the story (their thoughts and their side of the story).
You may choose the events suggested, or you may choose your own.
Lynetta - dinner party
Shelly Stalls fight with Juli

Chet - Mr. Bakers unkindness about David

Garrett - library conversation


Theme is the BIG IDEA that runs like a thread through the story. The theme of a piece of fiction deals with life - how people
behave. Some common themes in literature are:
- achieving your full potential: overcoming hardship
- anger: toward parents / friends / world / revenge
- being different: racism / intolerance / ignorance
- bullying: bully / victim / hero / power
- courage: heroism / helping others / facing and
overcoming fears or weakness / taking a stand for
what you believe / taking risks / overcoming hardship
- determination / perseverance / inner strength /
overcoming hardship
- discovery: of inner strength / betrayal / truth
- environmentalism: harming / preserving
- fairness / unfairness: life / events
- family or friendship: loyalty / conflict / popularity /
loneliness / teamwork / working together
- good versus evil: hero / villain
- growing up and changing: maturing / wisdom /

- inner beauty versus outer beauty: self-respect /

confidence / lack of confidence / fake
- learning an important life lesson
- loss / death
- love
- making a
difference in
the world
- survival

Making Connections to Literature

Section 1 - Personal connections:
1) Does the setting or any of the characters remind you of real people in real life? Were any of the
situations or events similar to those you have experienced? How were they alike and how were they
2) At times, we are pulled toward one or two characters in a story. We identify with them or feel sympathy
for them. Which characters do you identify with and why?
3) How does the theme(s) in the book relate to your life?
4) Write about the lessons/morals/values that emerge as you read. What understanding did you take away
from the book? How will this new way of seeing things shape decisions you will make in the future?
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Section 2 - Inter-textual connections:
1) Does this story or its characters remind you of another story you have read? Does it remind you of a
movie? How are they alike?
2) If you could change the setting in this story, what setting would you choose? Would you change the time
period, or would you change the place, the season, the actual environment? Why would you make those
changes? How would it affect the story?
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Section 3 - Creative response:
1) If you had the chance to speak with the main character in your book, what two pieces of good advice
would you share with this character? Explain why you think this advice would help the character.
2) If you could ask any character a question, what would you ask? If you could ask the author a question,
what might that be? Explain why you chose these questions.
3) What conflicts or problems do you think the main character in your story will face next? What qualities of
your character (honest, loyal, cruel, dishonest, angry, and vengeful) will affect how he/she handles the
problems and conflicts encountered?
4) Readers often compare themselves to characters in stories. Describe the
personality trait that you would most like to possess. Explain how possessing this
trait would enrich your life.
5) Name a character that would be your enemy in real life. Give two reasons why
you do not admire the character and what you would say if you were to meet him/her.
6) Write a dialogue between one of the characters in the novel, and a character from another book you
have read.
7) Choose three objects that a character in the novel would treasure, or that represent him/her. Explain
why you chose the objects.
8) If you could be transported into the story, what would you do in the story? What would you say to the
villain or hero in the story?
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Section 4 - Critical response:
1) What message do you think the author is trying to share with his/her readers?
2) Does the book leave you with questions you would like to ask? What are they? Would you like to direct
your questions at a particular character? What questions would you like to ask the author of the book?
3) Evaluate the authors ability to help you understand the characters feelings, behaviour, and actions in
the story.
4) Write 3-5 examples of metaphors or similes found in the text. Explain how they were effective /
ineffective in creating a vivid picture in the readers mind.
5) What would you change or add to the story to make it even better?