Cracked

Cracked

For Ages: 14 and up
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In this gripping debut, a teen takes a bottle of pills and lands in the psych ward with the bully who drove him to attempt suicide.

Victor hates his life. He’s relentlessly bullied at school and his parents constantly ridicule him at home.

Bull is angry. He’s sick of his grandfather’s drunken beatings. And he likes to take out his rage on Victor.

Determined to end it all, Victor takes a bottle of his mother’s sleeping pills—only to be disappointed when he wakes up in the psych ward. And his roommate? None other than Bull, whose loaded-gun effort at self-defense has been labeled as a suicide attempt. Things go from bad to worse—until the boys discover they might just have something in common: a reason to live.
  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442429161 | 
  • January 2012 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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A Reading Group Guide to

Cracked
By K.M. Walton

Discussion Questions

1. Who do you think had worse parents, Bull or Victor? Why do you think that?

2. Who do you think made the most personal growth by the end of the book, Bull or Victor? Explain.

3. Do you think Bull or Victor would have survived if they hadn’t ended up in the psych ward? Why or why not?

4. Who do you think influenced Bull the most? How about Victor?

5. If you met Victor right now, what would you say to him? How about Bull?

6. Put yourself in Victor’s shoes. What would you do differently? The same? How about if you were in Bull’s shoes? Explain your answers.

7. At what point in Cracked do you feel Bull grows as a human being? How about Victor? What makes you think that?

8. Think of one prediction you had while reading the book and reflect on it. Did it happen? If not, what happened instead? How did making the prediction and reflecting on it help you to understand the book better?

Activities

1. Write a letter to Victor or Bull as if he were your best friend. What would you tell him?

2. Describe the part in Cracked that impacted you the most.

3. Describe the most courageous part of Cracked. Explain it in detail. What made this scene/part so daring?

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About the Author

K. M. Walton
Photograph [c] Todd Walton

K. M. Walton

K. M. Walton is the author of Cracked and Empty. A former middle school language arts teacher and teaching coach, she is passionate about education and ending peer bullying. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her online at KMWalton.com and follow her on Twitter at @KMWalton1.

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