Kids@RandomKids@Random
Kids@Random
.
. KIDS TEENS TEACHERS LIBRARIANS ABOUT US RANDOMHOUSE.COM .
. FAVORITES NEW RELEASES AUTHORS GAMES and CONTESTS .
.
. READER'S GUIDE .
.
  

Advanced Search

 
NEWS AT THE HOUSE

NEWSLETTER

Sign up for the Read & Play Newsletter for age-by-age recommendations, discounts, news about upcoming books, literacy activities and more!
Click here for more info...

NEW RELEASES


Hot off the press! Check out some of this month's reading highlights...
See New Releases

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
Author Photo

Meet Jeff Stone, author of Phoenix

Jeff Stone lives in the Midwest with his wife and two children and practices the martial arts daily.

Read more

RANDOM HOUSE RECOMMENDS


Click here for age-appropriate recommendations on our bestselling pre-school, chapter, and middle-grade book series!

For a full list of book recommendations try Search by Theme!

FAVORITES
Seussville


From Dr. Seuss to Dora the Explorer, Random House has books featuring your favorite characters!

.
.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
READER'S GUIDE
Buy this book online
Buy this book from a local store
Ordering information
Search Again
.
8 Plus 1

Written by Robert CormierAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Robert Cormier


· Laurel Leaf
· Paperback · Ages 12 and up
· March 1, 1991 · $6.99 · 978-0-440-20838-9 (0-440-20838-6)

.
8 Plus 1
Enlarge View
Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse and search through your favorite titles
  • Add to Barnes and Noble Wish List
  • Add to Good Reads
  • Add to Librarything
  • Add to Shelfari

ABOUT THIS BOOK

A collection of nine short stories that deal with adolescent emotions, set mainly in contemporary times and places.

FOR DISCUSSION

1. “The Moustache” begins and ends with Mike’s feelings about driving 75 miles per hour on the turnpike. How does this relate to the experience he had with his grandmother at the nursing home?

2. In “Mine on Thursdays,” do you interpret the last sentence to mean that the narrator is or is not going to see Holly again? Why?

3. For “Another of Mike’s Girls,” discuss the two titles–the one Cormier’s editors chose, “Another of Mike’s Girls,” and the one the author himself favored, “Except When You’re Shaving, Don’t Look into Mirrors.” Which do you prefer and why?

4. In “President Cleveland, Where Are You?,” what has replaced collecting chewing-gum cards in the lives of preteens today? How are these all-consuming passions a part of the maturation process?

5. Discuss the irony of Jefferson Johnson Stone’s name in “My First Negro.”

6. In the introduction to “A Bad Time for Fathers,” Cormier discusses his opinions of titles and how magazine and book publishers have decided to change some of his titles over the years. He asks, “What’s a good title, anyway?” What do you think?

.

.
.
. .
.