• Chapters 1&2

    Write sentences using all your vocab words from these chapters (10 words).

    Answer the following in complete sentences:

    1. How has Tyray’s reputation changed since the beginning of the book?
    2. How does Tyray’s mom react to his injury and suspension?
    3. How does Tyray’s dad react to his injury and suspension?
    4. Why does Tyray compare Rodney Banks to “the dog that bit the hand that fed him?”
    5. Why is Tyray not interested at first in Lark Collins? Why does he begin to act more friendly?
    6. Explain (with detail) who Bones is.
    7. What idea does Bones give Tyray?
    8. Without looking at a dictionary, how would you define “respect”?
    9. Why do you think girls want to hang around a guy with a reputation like Tyray’s?
    10. Do you know anyone who has pretended to be another person’s friend in order to get something? Explain the situation and what ended up happening.

     


    Chapters 3&4

    1. What kind of man has Tyray’s dad taught him to be?
    2. What does Tyray remember about the stray puppy?
    3. What effect did the stray puppy story have on Tyray?
    4. What happens between Tyray and the 4 boys he runs into on the street?
    5. Why does Tyray go to Jupiter James? What does Jupiter tell him?
    6. Why does Mr. Mitchell want to talk to Tyray?
    7. How does Tyray respond to what Mr. Mitchell has to say?
    8. Explain the mixed feelings Tyray has towards his mother.
    9. Do you think someone like Tyray can really make a “fresh start?” Explain your reasoning.
    10. From what we’ve learned about Warren, what kind of person do you think he is? List as many characteristics as you can.



    Chapters 3&4

    1. What kind of man has Tyray’s dad taught him to be?
    2. What does Tyray remember about the stray puppy?
    3. What effect did the stray puppy story have on Tyray?
    4. What happens between Tyray and the 4 boys he runs into on the street?
    5. Why does Tyray go to Jupiter James? What does Jupiter tell him?
    6. Why does Mr. Mitchell want to talk to Tyray?
    7. How does Tyray respond to what Mr. Mitchell has to say?
    8. Explain the mixed feelings Tyray has towards his mother.
    9. Do you think someone like Tyray can really make a “fresh start?” Explain your reasoning.
    10. From what we’ve learned about Warren, what kind of person do you think he is? List as many characteristics as you can.



    Chapters 5&6

    1. Where does Tyray decide to try to get the money for the gun? How does he do this?
    2. According to mom, why is Dad so hard on Tyray?
    3. What was the relationship between Tyray and Warren when they were younger?
    4. Why did the relationship between Tyray and Warren change?
    5. What advice does Warren give Tyray in his letter?
    6. How does Warren characterize prison in his letter?
    7. Why does Tyray sneak out of his house in the middle of the night?
    8. What factors in Warren’s life do you believe changed him for the worse?
    9. Why do you think Tyray’s parents don’t allow him to visit Warren in jail? Do you agree with their decision?
    10. Pretend to be Tyray. Write one paragraph (five sentences) to Warren in jail. Tell him how you feel and what is happening currently.





     

    Chapters 7&8

    1. What happens to Tyray when he goes to Muscleman Gym to buy the gun?
    2. Why doesn’t Tyray go see a doctor about his head injury?
    3. Who does Tyray wish he could talk to about his problems?
    4. What happens at the school pep rally to upset Tyray?
    5. After Lark rejects Tyray’s second request for money, what does Tyray decide to do in order to get money for the gun?
    6. What good advice would you give Tyray right now?
    7. Jamee says, “My friend is my business. And it’s my business when she gets mixed up with losers like you.” Do you agree with Jamee or do you think people should stay out of friends’ business? Write a paragraph (five sentences) explaining your position and reasoning.

     





     

    Chapters 9&10

    1. Why does Bones say he shouldn’t sell Tyray a gun?
    2. Why does Tyray go to see Rodney Banks once Tyray has the gun?
    3. What is the message on Tyray’s answering machine? How does it affect him?
    4. What action does Tyray take due to the answering machine message?
    5. What happens between Darrell and Tyray in the alley? What is the outcome?
    6. Why did Mom and Dad call Mr. Mitchell?
    7. After the ending, what do you imagine Darrell and Tyray’s relationship will be like in the future?
    8. What do you imagine Mr. Mitchell said to Tyray’s dad to “talk sense into him”?
    9. What influence do you think Warren had on Tyray over the years?
    10. Explain a time when you had to choose forgiveness or revenge. (at least 5 sentences).