The Naked Mole-Rat Letters
The naked mole-rat letters by Mary Amato
When her father begins a long-distance romance with a Washington, D.C. zookeeper, twelve-year-old Frankie sends fabricated email letters to the zookeeper in an attempt to end the relationship.
Book Worms Discussion Date: October 29, 2009
- How private should letters and e-mails be? Is there ever an excuse for spying on someone in your family? Do you think you could be tempted to listen in on a conversation or read someone else’s mail?
- Why was Frankie trying to break up this relationship? Why was this so important to her? Who was she trying to protect?
- How could her father have handled the situation differently? Do you agree with Ayanna’s decision to keep her correspondence with Frankie private? Why or why not?
- Frankie and her brothers all go by nicknames. Are you or have you ever been called by a nickname? What was it and did you like it?
- Sometimes Frankie tells lies. In what other ways is she dishonest? In what ways is she honest?
- When does Frankie begin to like Ayanna? Why?
- Ayanna teaches Frankie about the behavior of naked mole-rats. What else does she teach Frankie?
- How does the father change? What forces him to change?
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