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Graphic Novel Book Club

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June 1, 2020: One Dead Spy: The Life, Times, and Last Words of Nathan Hale, America's Most Famous Spy by Nathan Hale

One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale 

Discussion questions

  • What did you like about the book?
  • Is there anything you didn't like?
  • Had you ever heard of Nathan Hale before?
  • Did you find anything funny about the book?
  • Why do you think Nathan Hale the author only used a few colors throughout the story? Did you like that or did you wish it was full color?
  • Compared to other comics/graphic novels you've read, what did you think of Hale's artwork? 
  • Is there anything you want to learn more about now that you've read this book?
  • Do you think Nathan Hale was a good spy? Why or why not?
  • Would you have wanted to be a spy during the American Revolution?
  • Why do you think the Boston Tea Party was important? 

June 15, 2020: Camp by Kayla Miller

Camp by Kayla Miller 

Discussion questions

  1. Have you ever been to camp? Did you like it? If not, what do you think would be the best part? The hardest part? Was your camp similar to Camp Acorn Lake or really different? 
  2. Do you think you’re more like Olive or Willow when you go somewhere new? Does it take you longer to get used to a new place, or do you dive in right away? 
  3. If you got to make your own video like Olive and her friends do, what kind of movie would you make? 
  4. What are some of your favorite graphic novels? Have you read any other new ones lately?  
  5. Did you like the book? What did you like about it? 
  6. Did Olive and Willow change from the beginning of the book to the end? 
  7. Were Olive and Willow good friends to each other? 
  8. Did the camp counselors help them? How? 
  9. Which activity that Olive and Willow got to do at camp sounded the coolest to you? 
  10. Had you heard of Rube Goldberg machines before? 
  11. Were there any characters or parts of the story you wish you’d gotten to hear more about? 
  12. What did you think of the artwork in this graphic novel? Anything you wish had been different? 

Resources

Videos of Rube Goldberg machines:

June 29, 2020: The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

July 13, 2020: The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

July 27, 2020: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

Mission Moon by Drew Brockington 

August 10, 2020: Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke