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Asking for Evidence: Frank and Stella 

EOTNS_hires-600x900Frank and Stella are featured on pages 173-185 (The Last Dance) 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 about 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. Frank, what makes you so devoted to Stella?

2. Some people think there are multiple realities. What would some of your and Stella’s alternate realities look like?

3. Stella, what happens in your mind when you get confused about things? Do you ever think about other ways your life might have turned out?

4. What do you love about Frank?

5. Frank, you were afraid that if you took Stella back to your old lives, you’d just be an old man and his batty wife. You said you are so much more than that. What do you mean by that?

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

AFATeens was founded by a teenager to help peers across the country raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, and to engage, educate, and support young people and their families who are affected by the disease. Lots of great resources at AFATeens.

Asking for Evidence: Tara

EOTNS_hires-600x900Tara is featured on pages 156-171 (Ritual) 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’s it been like living with your mom since your dad was murdered?

2. Knowing that your dad had a secret life, it must sometimes feel like he, or you, were living in alternate realities. Can you talk about that?

3. Your dad had a ritual of smoking two cigarettes a day:  “One cigarette in the morning to think about what you want to do. And one cigarette to forgive yourself for whatever you didn’t get done.” If he could tell you what his second cigarette was for the night he died, what do you think he’d say?

4. How did Tommy Smythe’s disappearance make the whole world feel off-kilter for you?

5. How did spreading your dad’s ashes at the sinkhole and saying good-bye to him make you feel like maybe it was time to say good-bye to Tommy as well?

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

You can find lots of information and other resources for kids of drug addicted parents at NIDA for Teens.

And support groups for young people who are experience grief and loss here.

Asking for Evidence: Tim

EOTNS_hires-600x900Tim is featured on pages 147-154 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 at pointed questions for each of the characters here. Maybe you can answer some of them.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. What did you get or understand out of looking through Tommy Smythe’s notebook that you found?

2. Sometimes people who are so different from each other can also have things in common. Tommy was a weird science nerd. You’re a jock. You’re mom’s super religious. What do you all have in common? Do you think this matches in some way with Tommy’s theory of multiple possibilities?

3. You said that Tommy was an in-the-moment kind of guy, whereas you plan everything out, even on the field. Do you think one way makes more sense than the other?

4. You asked, “Why does everything have to be linked to something else?” Do you truly think that everything in the universe is random, or is it possible that some things really are linked?

Asking for Evidence: Jake 

Jake is featured on pages 129-145 (Watermelons) 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 at pointed questions for each of the characters here. Maybe you can help answer some of them.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. How does it feel, going to the pull-out every week to sell fruit knowing that it was the last place Tommy Smythe was known to be?

2. When you said, “One of the cool things about farming is the seed knows exactly what it’s going to be,” you were thinking about your future, weren’t you? What’s the parallel between the seed and your life?

3. If Tommy Smythe’s alternate universe theory were true, what other lives would you be living now that you’ve graduated high school?

4. You talk about having a tendency to wait around for things to happen, about being slow to decide things, about always second-guessing yourself. In what ways do you think these habits have altered the course of events in and around your 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

Having trouble deciding what to do after high school? The amazing folks at TeensHealth.org have thought about this too.

They also have tons of great tips for healthy living – not just for our bodies but for our minds too. Check out what they have to say about all that by visiting by Kids Heath.

Asking for Evidence: Mary Louise

EOTNS_hires-600x900Mary Louise is featured on pages  122-127 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 at pointed questions for each of the characters here. Maybe you can help answer some of them.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. In what ways did your conversations with Tommy make you think about infinite possibility in your paintings?

2. What did you think when Tommy told you that death was just another way of being, that it was happening all around us all the time? Did that change for you after he disappeared?

3. Why is it important for you to put eyes in all your paintings? How did that start?