Dig deeper into the books with this study guide for PACK OF DORKS and A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE. Study guide for CALEB AND KIT coming soon!
PACK OF DORKS
Discussion Questions, developed by Joie Formando, Children’s Librarian at Wyomissing Public Library
Before you read:
1. “Never judge a book by its cover.” Wrong! Based on the cover of “Pack of Dorks,” what pops into your mind?
2. Describe your idea of “the perfect dork.” In your opinion, what makes a person “dorky”?
1. “If you want to be popular—and my best friend—you sometimes have to do things you don’t want to do.” (page 7) What do you think of Becky’s statement? What would you do if you were Lucy?
2. On page 11, Becky says that “everyone wants to be popular.” Do you think this is true?
3. Using the description on page 17, draw Lucy’s Grandma!
Before you read:
1. What do you know about Down Syndrome? Do you know anyone with this disorder? How do you think Lucy feels about her new sister? For more information about Down Syndrome, check this link.
2. Check out this video and article about a cheerleader. What would you do in this situation?
3. “But everyone, even Tom Lemming, should have a flaw. Keeps them humble. I’m not sure what my flaw is, though. I’ll have to think about it.” Page 38. What are Lucy’s flaws? What are your flaws?
1. What do you think about Becky’s daily phone calls with Lucy? Do you think Becky is really Lucy’s friend, or is she just doing this to hurt Lucy’s feelings? If you were Lucy, what would you tell Becky?
2. On page 71, Lucy describes April’s family. Write about your family in your journal. Try to give each family member a distinct characteristic –something that describes them perfectly.
1. On pages 85-86, Lucy tells us about the different jobs each wolf has in the pack and says, “I wondered where I would fit if I were Lucy Wolf.” Where do you think you would fit in?
2. On page 88, Lucy thinks the scapegoat should go off on its own, “form his own pack with other scapegoats, and be awesome.” Do you know what Lucy is hinting at here? In the writing world, we call this foreshadowing — what does that mean?
3. “I wasn’t willing to do anything it took to be popular. I wasn’t going to be mean to people who were nice to me and be friendly to people who were mean. I was through with her and was going to make my own pack. I mean, friends.” What do you think about Lucy’s decision?
4. How do you feel about Lucy finding Sam in the locker room? What would you have done if someone did that to one of your friends?
1. In Chapter 11, Lucy and April start Tae Kwon Do, but it’s HARD. Lucy will only get better if she practices. What’s something you like to do, but you have to practice to get better? Draw a picture of yourself!
2. After Lucy’s first Karate class, she feels proud. Write about a time where you felt proud.
The rest of the story!
1. On p. 189, Lucy tries to describe her experience at the wolf sanctuary to Grandma. How would you describe what Lucy and Sam experienced? What would you tell your friends about the wolves if you were there, too?
2. Sam is now Lucy’s best friend (p.191). Write about your best friend(s). What qualities do you look for in a friend?
3. “She’s not all that different from me, is she?” I said. “Not really, I mean.”
“Sound like you had an epiphany today. It means you realized something important. You know what? I had the same epiphany.” (p.197).
What was Lucy’s epiphany? Have you ever had an epiphany before?
4. What do you think about the ending of “Pack of Dorks?” Lucy is willing to forgive Becky! Would you do the same?
5. What do you think was the message of this novel? What have you learned from Lucy’s story?
A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE
Goodreads reviewer Edward Ventura created these questions to delve a little deeper into A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE:
Remembering How would you describe Alice to a friend?
Understanding What can you say in how Mrs. Dexter, the librarian, spoke to Alice?
Applying If you were Alice how would you show your understanding of your relationship with Eliza before and after you moved?
Analyzing Why do you think Alice and Eliza's parents always kept them in the same class?
Evaluating Think of when Alice was bitten by “Chuck” and write about how she could have handled the situation differently.
Creating Use your imagination and draw a picture of two of the following locations: the sycamore tree, the diner, the lake, or the children’s section in the library.