Questions: for young readers:
  • Discuss: The Twelve Rules of Proper Conduct
  • Are some rules more important than others?
  • Are there some rules that are unnecessary?
  • Are there other rules you think should be added to the list?
    Do you think it’s fair to be nasty back to someone who’s been nasty to you?
  • Why not just be nice all the time?
  • Do you think being nice is sometimes the same as being selfish? Give examples.
  • How is reciprocity different from revenge?
  • Do you think kids your age are capable of handling their own disagreements with other kids?
  • Under what circumstances do you think kids should get help from a trusted adult?
  • Do you think team sports help people to get along with each other? In what ways?
  • Do you think team sports encourage violence? In what ways?
  • Why do you think Karter was attracted to Tashina Jones?
  • Why do you think Maria Rodreguis and Tashina were friends?
  • Do you think Maria and Moe Shastri were in love with each other?
  • Why did Moe vote for Karter?
  • How are Maria’s and Moe’s families different from each other?
  • How are they similar?
  • What do you think Sam Smith contributed to the rules of conduct? How?
  • Why do you think Melissa Whistler chose Denise Hanover?
  • Who is your favorite adolescent character? Why?
  • Who is your favorite adult character? Why?
  • Who is your least liked character? Why?

Readers' Poll - for all readers:
If a movie were made from "The Prize", who would you like to have play the major parts?

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