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Asking for Evidence: Tommy Smythe

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Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there.  Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves.  With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.

Look for pointed questions to each of the characters here. Maybe you can answer some of them yourself.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

Go back and read just the pages of Tommy’s notebook.  What do you notice that you did not notice before?  Below are some questions you might explore when exploring those torn pages.

“We leave pieces of ourselves everywhere. Every time we meet someone, they take some of us and we take some of them. That’s how it is. Little particles stick us together. Bit by bit. I think it’s how we get whole.”  —Tommy Smythe (opening)

Do you agree that little particles stick us together every time we meet someone?  In your opinion, is this is how we become whole beings?

“All possibilities exist.” —Tommy Smythe (page 9)

Truth or theory? Back it up with some thought.

“Sometimes I think this world – the one we are living in right now – is the one where we have to get it right.” 

Tommy Smythe (page 33)

Why would this be that world? Why couldn’t this be the world we get to make mistakes in?

“McCloud says if we know what causes mass, then we might be able to figure out how much less mass is needed to move things through space.” Tommy Smythe (page 42)

Do you think it’s possible to transport matter from one place or realm to another?

What’s your theory on how it could happen or why it couldn’t?

“I lost my notebook again…I went into another dimension. I wouldn’t be able to find that notebook until I came back into this dimension.” —Tommy Smythe (page 53)

Why wouldn’t Tommy’s notebook exist in other dimensions?

“I wonder if I become more by joining up with the other wave that is me.” Tommy Smythe (page 59)

Is it possible to discover other versions of yourself, to create your own alternate realities, without traveling to other dimensions?

“McCloud said that a general rule among physicists is that if phenomena are not expressly forbidden, they are eventually found to occur…if the equation exists, so does the possibility.” Tommy Smythe (page 69)

What happens to that possibility once a phenomenon is expressly forbidden?

Can something be forbidden without being expressly forbidden?

“Before being observed, the system takes on all possibilities. So reality is created by the observer.” Tommy Smythe (page 85)

In what ways do most of us create our own reality?

“Observation of a rabbit…I think they smell and hear and react. That’s all. We name it fear. I’m not sure it’s fear. It’s how they survive.” Tommy Smythe (page 94)

How does this description also apply to Tommy Smythe?

Asking for Evidence: Chuy

EOTNS_hires-600x900Chuy is featured on pages 219-226 of Evidence of Things Not Seen.

Some Questions

Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there.  Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves.  With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.

Look for pointed questions to each of the characters here. Maybe you can answer some of them yourself.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. What did you think when you first found out that the man you were digging a fence post for was the father of the boy who went missing a year ago?

2. When you’re sleeping on the run, you say you listen in the dark to figure out what’s around you, but after a while you stop, just breathe, and feel like you become the air. You said, “I start to disappear into the night.” What did you mean by that?

3. What is your explanation for the guy who appeared in a flash of lightning during a storm one night, then disappeared just as fast?

4. Do you believe in aliens and portals to another universe, like you learned about in comic books? Or in spirits that walk the earth, as Consuelo talked about?

5. Why do you think it’s so hard for people to live in uncertainty, in not knowing, in the mystery of this life?

Some Answers

Readers have also seen themselves in characters or seen their friends in the pages.  Some of things they see about themselves and others make them curious, some scare them, and some offer hope.  Each set of questions is followed by some websites and organizations where you might get answers.  I call them “resources” for lack of a better name.  But they could also be called a lifeline, a revelation, or evidence of things not seen.  Don’t be afraid to look for answers.

Resources

Once again, the amazing folks at TeensHealth.org have tons of resources for helping you sort through the complexities of life. Things like mental health, dealing with problems, and being your best self. See what they have to say.

Asking for Evidence: Hallie

EOTNS_hires-600x900Hallie is featured on pages 212-217 of Evidence of Things Not Seen.

Some Questions

Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there.  Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves.  With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.

Look for pointed questions to each of the characters here. Maybe you can answer some of them yourself.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. Why do you think the Stillwell pull-out is a kind of magnet for drama, given all the strange things that have happened there over the years?

2. When you talk about laws and boundaries regarding land ownership ultimately being silly, do you think the same might apply to the laws of physics? Is it possible we really don’t belong to our bodies or to any one given reality?

3. What do you think would have happened to the Mexican girl and her baby if you hadn’t taken them in? How are their lives going to be different now that you have?

4. You believe it’s time to stop looking for Tommy Smythe, but that doing so will probably cause a public outcry. Why do you think people are so reluctant to give up the search for a boy even after he’s been missing nearly a year?

Asking for Evidence: Dwight

Dwight is featured on pages 193-210 (Christmas Ornaments) of Evidence of Things Not Seen.EOTNS_hires-600x900

Some Questions

Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy”  and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there.  Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves.  With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.

Look for pointed questions to each of the characters here. Maybe you can answer some of them yourself.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. What goes on in your mind when your father gets abusive? Is it different when he hurts you and when he does it to your mother?

2. You were pretty shocked to see your mom with money. How did you feel when she told you how she got it?

3. You took the box of Christmas ornaments as you fled the house, because you “didn’t want to leave one last breakable thing in the house.” What did it mean to you to take them? Why did you hang them on a tree in the middle of nowhere?

4. While hanging the ornaments, you found a pair of science goggles and took them. What did those goggles represent to you? How do you think they got in that tree?

Some Answers

Readers have also seen themselves in characters or seen their friends in the pages.  Some of things they see about themselves and others make them curious, some scare them, and some offer hope.  Each set of questions is followed by some websites and organizations where you might get answers.  I call them “resources” for lack of a better name.  But they could also be called a lifeline, a revelation, or evidence of things not seen.  Don’t be afraid to look for answers.

Resources

No one deserves to be abused: not by a parent, not by a sibling, not by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Let the amazing folks at TeensHealth.org drop some words on the subject.

There’s also some good information at LeavingAbuse.com.

Also, every state has a domestic abuse hotline. Get the contact info for your state here:

 

Asking for Evidence: Nando

EOTNS_hires-600x900Nando is featured on pages 187-191 of Evidence of Things Not Seen.

Some Questions

Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there.  Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves.  With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to both hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.

Look for pointed questions to each of the characters here. Maybe you can answer some of them yourself.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. Tommy Smythe has been called a weirdo, a science nerd, a freak. Your dad thinks he’s a brujo, a magician. Is it possible that he’s all these things?

2. Your father doesn’t think Tommy is dead but that he’s more like a spirit body, still very much alive but in a different form. What do you think happened to Tommy Smythe?

3. You said, “That muchacho loco is gone and I’m still looking for his notebook.” Why would you do that?