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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?

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.