A Reading Group Guide to Seek
By Paul Fleischman About the Book
Assigned to write an autobiography as his senior thesis, high school student Rob Radkovitz finds that, for him, looking back means listening, tuning in to the influential voices that have shaped his experience. There's his trilingual mother, his devoted aunts, his literary grandmother (who loves to read aloud) and his professorial grandfather. But the voice that's missing is the one that's most resonant; it belongs to his father, a radio DJ whom Rob's never met. With a single recording as his guiding light, Rob rides the airwaves in search of his father but what he finds is a deeper understanding of himself. Described by Booklist
as "quirky, comic and poignant" and "groundbreaking" by SLJ
's pastiche of past and present voices emerges as an insightful symphony of sound. Discussion Topics
1. Rob's English teacher (Mr. McCarthy) explains that the autobiography "should probe the themes in your life, [analyze] signal events and [chart] the influences of family, community and your historical era on your development." What themes, events and influences shaped Rob? How? What themes, events and influences have shaped your life and in what ways?
2. "I grew up in a house built of voices," writes Rob. "Each person not only had a voice but brought others into the house." To whom do the voices in Ro