About the Book
Lucy’s vision of a perfect year in sixth grade begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, a bully who tries to scare Lucy off the basketball team, and Chinese school with the annoying know-it-all Talent Chang. Lucy’s year is ruined—or is it?
- Lucy has high expectations that do not work out as planned. Share a time when you’ve had high expectations that did not go as you wanted. What did you learn from the experience?
- How do you feel at big parties where you don’t know many people? Do you talk to everyone like Regina, talk to a small group like Kenny, or try not to talk to anyone like Lucy?
- People don’t expect Lucy to be good at basketball because she is short. Think of something that you or someone you know is good at that people find surprising. Why do you think people are so surprised?
- When Sloane makes fun of Lucy, Lucy feels like giving up. How does Madison help Lucy compete for the basketball captain position?
- When Lucy’s dad tells the story about finding Yi Po, Lucy feels as if she is right there with him. Do you know any good storytellers like Lucy’s father? What makes a good storyteller?
- To keep her memories fresh, Lucy closes her eyes and remembers five things about Po Po. Share five happy memories of someone in your life, living or deceased.
- Throughout the book, Yi Po and Lucy make small progress toward becoming friends and breaking down the wall between them. Discuss some of these instances from the book.
- Lucy is embarrassed when Yi Po comes to her birthday party, but Yi Po ends up being the star of the party. What does this experience teach Lucy?
- When Yi Po coaches Lucy, she keeps telling her to “get back up.” What significance did this phrase have in Yi Po’s life in China?
- What do you think will happen to Yi Po and Lucy’s relationship?