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Today is the last day to claim your copy of the tagged book via your library‘s OverDrive subscription, for the Big Library Read.

Thank you to ALL who read and participated in the discussion questions!

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ElizaMarie I have had fun reading everyone's thoughts on this. 3w
megnews Thanks for hosting! 3w
CrowCAH @megnews you‘re welcome! 3w
JoyBlue Thanks for your thoughtful questions! Even though I didn't participate as much as I would have liked, I appreciated thinking about your questions and reading the discussion. 3w
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Question 9: Campbell and Lena don‘t really know each other when they wind up huddled together in the concession stand. Explain what Campbell means when she says, “With only me and Lena left, this shelter feels less like a fortress and more like a cage.” What is the difference between fortress and a cage? How do both girls begin to panic?

JoyBlue A fortress protects; a cage imprisons. 3w
ElizaMarie @JoyBlue Of course! I think because the girls weren't friends going on they didn't see it as a fortress. A fortress to me is like “me and my bestie:“ running the show. Kind of thing. I mean.... But Also because they felt they didn't have anything in comment it probably felt very stifling and cage-like. 3w
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CrowCAH @JoyBlue I like it, short and to the point. 3w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie it would be tough trusting someone whom one has never interacted with before. 3w
megnews “Less like a fortress.” I think this means it felt more like a fortress before. Even with the kid just sitting on the floor, she felt more protected than with Lena. Afterward, a cage. Could it be she now felt she was caged in with the enemy? Considering she knew this riot started with racial slurs and tensions, neither girl could know the others‘ thoughts. Perhaps she wondered if the fight had come to her. 3w
JoyBlue @ElizaMarie Good points! 3w
JoyBlue @CrowCAH 😉 💙 3w
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Question 8: what precipitates the fight in the first place? Campbell has never seen a fight; what was her reaction? Contrast Lena and Campbell‘s view of the cops.

marleed As these questions are presented, I realize that I don‘t read for the secondary details of a story these days - maybe I should work on that. But Lena and Campbell‘s perspective of police entering a brouhaha is key to the discussion of a YA story - so important to understand that my history is not your history as we move through a shared traumatic event. 3w
CrowCAH @marleed lol I agree; I read for the enjoyment of a book, not necessarily for discussion. 3w
marleed @CrowCAH The questions have been interesting to me because I honestly didn‘t realize how I let those details go. It reminded me of when my kids went through this Accelerated Reader (AR) program in grades 3-8. It was great for my daughter because she read for details. My son read (and enjoyed) for the overall picture. AR scarred his reading for life, I swear, convincing him he was a below average reader. 3w
megnews Racial slurs precipitates the fight. Campbell is shocked by the fight. She views the police as protection as white children are trained to do and expect. Lena views them with suspicion and rightfully assumes their arrival means things are about to get worse. 3w
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Question 7: Johnsville is McPherson‘s biggest football rival, but the problem between the two schools runs deeper then a simple rivalry. There was extra security. Why is it not enough? Discuss how school officials could have done to prepare for possible violence at the game. How might each school address the student body on the following Monday?

megnews I live in a small diverse, college town in a rural area surrounded by schools with no exposure to African-American kids. There are 3 school football teams that come play our high school team that throw racial slurs. There have been brawls that shut the games down after they‘ve thrown these on the field. Our school prepares the kids and maintains the no fighting stance. I have no idea if the other schools prepare the kids not to be racist or ⬇️ 3w
megnews reprimand the perpetrators. I‘ve always felt they should suspend the person(s) who used offensive language the rest of the season. These kids and parents are serious about their kids‘ football scholarships. That would shut this crap down. Either that or eject the whole team. So this novel is pretty much real life in some places. 3w
CrowCAH @megnews wow I had no idea. I live in a diverse area, but never attended the football games. 3w
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Question 6: discuss Lena‘s relationship with Black. He is older than she, how might he be out of Lena‘s league? Why is Marcus upset that she is trying to find Black during the riots? Does she end up seeing through Black‘s facade?

ElizaMarie Black is cool? I think she sees him as an older man who has a lot going for him (despite any evidence that this is actually true). She makes excuses for him all the time. And sure that night is chaotic but,. she starts to realize that a lot of what he has done in the past has been very selfish and not very boyfriend-like. I am happy to see that she starts to see him for who he is. Lena starts off with a rather low self esteem. 4w
ElizaMarie attaching herself to Black is an example of this. She doesn't think she deserves to be treated better. Makes excuses for his behavior and just allows him to treat her badly. She starts to gain sense of self while battling that night. Cambell also challenges her by making her see Black for who he is. 4w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie it‘s important to see mistakes of the past and not to repeat them. 3w
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Question 5: LaShunda, Lena‘s best friend, displays a stronger sense of responsibility and better judgment. How does Lena need LaShunda when things get scary and tough?

ElizaMarie I think with any friendships we have, we see that we have different strengths. I think that friends tend to pick each other in ways that help each other. Its a check/balances thing but also a crutch. Because Lena isn't with her friend during this night and is with Cambell. I feel it helps her develop more as a person. She sees that she doesn't need LaShunda she is able to navigate with Cambell and these girls can support each other. 4w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie friendships are important at all ages of life! 3w
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Homes: A Refugee Story | Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung
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Question 8: what questions does this book raise about newcomers in a society? Do you think this book will change your impression of the people in your own community?