What Makes a Friend?
Ask students why they think Amanda and Maniac became friends. (Possible Answers: They shared an interest in books; they had respect for one another.) Then point out that by the end of the story, Maniac and Mars were developing a friendship. Ask: What do you think this friendship is based on? (Possible Answers: They shared an interest in running; they had respect for one another; they began to understand one another.)
Ask students to write a short essay describing what they consider the important qualities of friendship. Call on volunteers to read their essays to the class. Does everyone agree on what makes a friend?