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Monsoon Summer
by Mitali Perkins
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1.Steve and Jazz have been friends since kindergarten. Do you have any boy friends? How are they different or similar to girl friends?
2.Does your family try to give you an appreciation of your ethnic heritage? What's your reaction?
3.Describe Jazz's two sets of grandparents. How have each influenced Jazz and other members of her family? Which grandparents would you rather have? Why?
4.How does Jazz's bad experience with Mona affect her?
5.Jazz mentions some family codes active in her family: "Play it Safe," and "Family Sticks Together." What do you think would be a good family code?
6.Describe Steve. Do you like him? Why or why not?
7.Does anyone in our group have any Indian friends or relatives or has anyone been to India? Anything to describe? Food? Clothing? Culture?
8.Does this book make you want to travel to India some day? Why or why not?
9.Describe Danita. How is she different from the girls at Jazz's school? Would you like her for a friend? Why does Jazz want to help Danita?
10.Why does Jazz feel so uncomfortable about being popular at the disco?
11.Why does Jazz feel so alienated from her family?
12.How do the members of Jazz's family--Jazz, her mom, her dad, and her brother Erick--change as a result of this summer trip to India?
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