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.
1. What are the best and worst parts about having a kid like Tommy in class?
2. How does the concept of “infinite possibility” play into the idea of tracking students with different ability levels, intellectual levels, or interests?
3. You quoted Tommy as saying he believed that “nothing is certain unless you include every possibility.” How do you think the concept of “infinite possibility” played into Tommy Smythe’s disappearance?
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.