• Life of Pi

    by Yann Martel Year Published: 2001

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    • Families can talk about the lesson Pi's father teaches his sons with the tiger and the goat. Why is this important in Life of Pi, and how does this experience affect Pi's ability to survive in the lifeboat?

    • Which of Pi's stories do you believe?

    • What do you make of Pi's religious inclusiveness? Does it make sense to you? Can people believe in more than one faith?

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  • Born a Crime

    by Trevor Noah Year Published: 2016

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    • Families can talk about how Trevor Noah's life changed during and after Apartheid. Did much change for him? Why or why not?
    • Trevor feels like an outsider most of the time. Why is this? Have you ever felt like an outsider? What was the situation?
    • Why do you think Trevor starts the book with his story about being thrown from the minibus? If you were going to write your life story, what would come first?

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    Kite Runner

    by Khaled Hosseini Year Published: 2003

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    • Familes can talk about how Afghan people are portrayed in The Kite Runner. Is it different from the way you see them in the media? Did your perception of them change from reading the book?
    • What role does religion play in Amir's life? How does this compare with your life and your friends'?
    • Does this story make you want to learn more about Afghanistan's recent history? Khaled Hosseini's other novels, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed, are a great place to start.

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