by Jaye Murray
Publishing Information: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2004
ISBN: 0803728972/0142402400 (PB)
Ages: 15 & Up
A high school boy comes to terms with his drug addiction, life with an alcoholic father, and a younger brother who looks up to him.
|Subject Headings & Major Themes:
Substance Abuse Education
Awards & Reviews:
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2005
School Library Journal, June 2003, p.146
Discussion Questions and Ideas:
- Tell how you think Pip feels when his brother is hurt.
- What factors/people do you feel helped change Pip?
- Do you believe that cycles of abuse/violence can be broken?
- How does each one of us discover who he/she is as opposed to who he/she thinks she should be?
- Contrast the statements Pip makes with his actual thoughts.
- We all have responsibilities and expectations placed upon us, so how much do we control our own lives?
- Give an example of how different choices might bring different consequences.
- Pip has become "bottled up," how does he begin to open up?
- What do you think Pip is most afraid of?
- Who do you think helps Pip the most?
- Talk about how the different members of Pip's family deal with his abusive father.
The Psychology Shop -
National Domestic Violence Hotline - http://www.ndvh.org/
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - http://www.ncadv.org/
Lesson Planet's Lesson Plans for Teaching about Drug Abuse - http://www.lessonplanet.com/search/Health/Medical/Drug_Abuse?startval=10
Drugs & Teen Substance Abuse by Focus AS - http://www.focusas.com/SubstanceAbuse.html
Children of Alcoholics Foundation - www.coaf.org
National Association for Children of Alcoholics - www.nacoa.org
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - http://www.ncadd.org/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - http://www.samhsa.gov/index.aspx
Self-Awareness Quotes - http://www.thinkarete.com/quotes/by_category/self-awareness
National Mental Health Association - http://www.nmha.org/
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About the Author:
First-time novelist Jaye Murray is a social worker who lives in New Rochelle, New York. She received her Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College May, 2004.