Asking for Evidence: Kimmie Jo

EOTNS_hires-600x900Kimmie Jo is featured on pages 3-8 of Evidence of Things Not Seen.

Some Questions

Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy.”  Readers have 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 for each of the characters here. Maybe you yourself can help answer some of them.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

1. You spend a lot of time putting people into separate groups and using social labels. (“Isn’t that how nerds act?” page 6) And yet you call James a segregationist. How are your thoughts and behavior different from his?

2. Why did you feel it was important to start the Latinitas club?

3. Why do you think it’s so “hard to break out of stereotypes and be different”? (page 7) In what way do you yourself hide out in groups?

4. Name even one small thing you had in common with Tommy Smythe.

5. You talk a lot about choosing our actions. What, if anything, do you think you could have done differently to change the outcome of Tommy’s disappearance?

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.

Want help busting out of those stereotypes and cliques? Click here.

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Asking for Evidence-The Overview

Evidence-of-things-not-seenASKING FOR EVIDENCE: Some Questions & Some Answers

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 yourself can help answer some of them.  If you prefer to print all the questions, download a PDF here.

Some Answers

In the pages of Evidence, many readers see themselves or their friends in the characters.  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.

The Questions & Answers were written by fellow author Carrie Gordon Watson.  She is a 29-year veteran high school teacher, conflict resolution counselor, and co-founder of the at-risk youth art engagement program, Never Counted Out.  Basically you can trust her and her books QUAD and Ascending the Boneyard (coming in 2016).

Please join me for the next three weeks as we ask for Evidence.

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This day. This gorgeous, gorgeous day. So like summer in New England that it makes me kind of ache inside. What better way to celebrate the end of April and the close of poetry month than with my last haiku which hints of summer? Here’s to your spring and summer wherever you are.

as nights grow warmer
small peaches swell and sweeten
summer’s fat promise

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haiku 29

I love trees. I love their seasons, their shapes, their height. To me, they each have their own personality. Growing up in New England, I had favorites: birches, maples, pines and lilacs. After I moved to Texas, I fell in love with a whole new world of trees: Italian cypress, Chinese Pistache, Mountain Laurels and this gem: the Retama.

thin green limbs tattooed
with yellow flowers and thorns
sexy retama

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haiku 28

On Saturday, it felt like summer was barreling down on us with all its 100 plus degree force. Today, a respite…

layers of grey light
pile up, behind them lies
one more gust of spring

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