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.
1. Prom comes (not ideally) the night before Mother’s Day and right in the middle of a search for Tommy Smythe. What do you think the school can do to make a more ideal situation for prom? What is more important?
2. What do you like so much about Leann? What do you think makes her so distracted sometimes?
3. What’s your contingency plan if things don’t go the way you want them to on prom night?
4. Why do you talk so much when you’re nervous?
5. When you told Leann, “No one knows why he disappeared. I thought maybe something bad had happened and he needed to get away. That’s what I would do.” (page 29), what were you trying to get her to reveal to you?
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.
Are you or someone you know thinking of running away?
Click here or call 1-800-RUNAWAY
Lots of resources on the National Runaway Safeline website (above), including this one for Safe Place.