family is struggling financially. Have you ever wanted something but
not been able to afford it? Do you sometimes think life is unfair?
doesn’t want to move house at first, even though the change might
mean something better. People sometimes talk about “fear of the
unknown”. Do you think this is a reasonable fear?
good at something. Jess is good at running. In your reading group,
what talents do you have?
wants to see her dad again, but her mum says she won’t take him
back. Do you think they both have a point? Do you think there’s a
difference between forgiving someone who has hurt you, and allowing
them to do something bad to you again?
first, Jess wants to get her own back on Harriet, but later things
turn round. What do you think about the way Jess deals with the
different incidents of bullying in the story? What would you have
done, if you were Jess?
is a cruel sport. Jess equates it with being bullied, and wants to
do something about it. Have you been prompted to action when you
have seen a person or an animal suffering? Do you think you should
speak up if you see something suspicious? Who would you talk to?
Jess is first invited to the church youth club, she is nervous about
getting involved with religious people. She says she didn’t want to
be brainwashed into believing something that wasn’t true. Do you
think this is sensible?
the weekend away, Jess starts to pray. What do you think about
praying? Do you think God hears?
becomes a Christian during the story. Her life has already changed a
lot, but this changes her from the inside. Do you think this is
possible in real life?
the end of the book Naomi says, “Jess, there may be ups and downs,
but I believe there are lots more good things to come.” Do you
think this reflects real life for everyone, or just some people?