About the Book
Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profoundly moving portrait of how a boy lives when he knows his time is almost up.
- Would you rather learn in a classroom with other students or be homeschooled? Explain why.
- How are Sam and Felix alike and how are they different? Provide examples from the book to explain their similarities and differences.
- Sam investigates various death customs in Ways to Live Forever. What customs does your family take part in when someone dies?
- Do you think it was a good idea or a bad idea for Sam to visit Felix’s body after his death? Why?
- Both of Sam’s parents spent special days with him before he died. What was so special to Sam about each of these days?
- How did Felix influence Sam when he was alive? What about after he passed away?
- Why does Sam feel that his adventure during the blackout was similar to a space exploration? Explain, using details from the book.
- Sam makes a list of his ten happiest memories. What ten memories would be on your list?
- What was the significance behind each of the presents Sam made for his family members? What presents would you give to your loved ones if you were in Sam’s position?
- Do you think Sam died the way he wanted to? Why or why not?