by Joan Bauer
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
|READ / REACT / RESPOND:
Chapters 15 and 16
- Read on as they are getting closer to Dallas.
- React to what you read by noticing the sequence of events and cities they pass through.
Respond to what you read by answering the following in your ROAD JOURNAL:
- Who is Ken Woldman?
What are his stores called?
What is his "motto"?
What kind of person do you think he is?
- Once again, what is Jenna's role at the downtown Kansas City shoe store?
What does she notice about that store?
What is she called upon to do there?
How does the author use humor to show how Jenna has matured?
- Make a LIST OF THE CITIES the author cites that Jenna drives though.
(Check pages 49, 57, 60, 88, 113, 116, and 121 to get a complete list.)
FIND these cities on a United States road map.
TRACE Jenna's car route on the map with a highlighter.
Begin with Chicago, Illinois and end in Dallas, Texas.
How does having an actual car route make this story more realistic?
- What does the author mean by the comment: (p. 119) "By the time we zoomed onto Interstate 20 heading west to Dallas, we had more horsepower in the backseat than we did under the hood."?
What does this tell you about Mrs. Gladstone? About Jenna?
- What does Jenna notice about Texas?
- Describe Mrs. Gladstone's Highland Park home in Dallas.
- Who is there to "greet" them?
What does he persist in doing?
Make a chart in your journal to show the differences between what Elden wants and what Mrs. Gladstone wants:
|"decent" is good enough.
||"quality" is what people want.
- How does Elden treat Jenna?