Chapter 15

During World War II, authorities in Tokyo worried that the zoo would be bombed and the escaped animals would be dangerous. By order, all animals were to be poisoned, but the elephants refused to eat their poisoned food.

Pre-reading discussion:
1. Think back to how Jack has been dealing with the disappearance of his Mother. Review some of the strategies he's used to calm himself down when facing huge obstacles.
2. In your opinion, is Jack dealing with his Mother's mental illness head on? Or is he avoiding dealing with it? What would you do if you were in the same situation?
3. Link the quote at the beginning of the chapter to everything you've just discussed about Jack's situation. How do you think they connect?

Route to Bucksport via Route 1.


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