Reading Group Guide

    A GUIDE FOR READING GROUPS
    THE GRADUATION OF JAKE MOON

    By Barbara Park
    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Fourteen-year-old Jake Moon recalls the last four years of life with his beloved grandfather who has Alzheimer's disease.
    THEMES
    Alzheimer's disease; Grandfathers; Families; Responsibilities; School stories
    DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
    - Do you understand how Jake can be so embarrassed by yet still love his grandfather? How would you react?
    - How would your life change if someone in your family required constant care because of Alzheimer's? For what other reasons would someone require care?
    - Why do Jake and his cousin James not get along? What do they not understand about each other?
    ACTIVITIES
    - Using the contact information at the end of the book, begin to find out more about Alzheimer's disease.
    - If there is a local Alzheimer's care center in the area, invite a caseworker, caregiver, or a family member to share their experiences and knowledge.
    - Contact the local police department and television stations to discover how they approach a missing family member. What do they both need and how does their help differ?
    Please visit http://www.emporia.edu/libsv/wawbookaward/ for more information about the awards and to see curriculum guides for other master list titles.

    This reading group guide is for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.
    Prepared by Julie Tomlianovich, South Central KS Library System
    © William Allen White Children's Book Award

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