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The Dollar Kids Book Discussion Guide

Activity-based discussion questions for pre- and post-reading are central to this book discussion guide for the young adult graphic novel The Dollar Kids. Questions can be used as part of an in-class discussion, assigned as journaling or take-home activities, or serve as the basis for small-group read-and-respond exercises.
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The Dollar Kids
Author: Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Illustrator: Ryan Andrews

Twelve-year-old Lowen Grover, a budding comic-book artist, is still reeling from the shooting death of his friend Abe when he stumbles across an article about a former mill town giving away homes for just one dollar. It not only seems like the perfect escape from Flintlock and all of the awful memories associated with the city, but an opportunity for his mum to run her very own business. Fortunately, his family is willing to give it a try. But is the Dollar Program too good to be true? The homes are in horrible shape, and the locals are less than welcoming. Will Millville and the dollar house be the answer to the Grovers’ troubles? Or will they find they’ve traded one set of problems for another? From the author of Small as an Elephant and Paper Things comes a heart-tugging novel about guilt and grief, family and friendship, and, above all, community.

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