Unstoppable

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Inspired by interviews with real-life cancer survivors and insider sports experience, this unforgettable New York Times bestseller shows a brave boy who learns what it truly means to be unstoppable. As National Ambassador for Young People's Literature emeritus Jon Scieszka said, Unstoppable is "absolutely heroic, and something every guy should read."

If anyone understands the phrase "tough luck," it's Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing in the NFL is a longshot.

Then Harrison is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents—his new dad is even a football coach. Harrison's big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. On the field, he's practically unstoppable. But Harrison's good luck can't last forever. When a routine sports injury leads to a devastating diagnosis, it will take every ounce of Harrison's determination not to give up for good.

Curriculet Details
98 Questions
59 Annotations
4 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining characterization, inferencing and point of view. It also contains interactive videos that support literary skills, such as videos about imagery and onomatopoeia. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of citing textual evidence, recognizing figurative language, and comparing characters. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

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In the opening paragraph of the story, we are introduced to the novel's protagonist, Harrison. Notice how Harrison compares himself to the NFL player. Why do you think the author chose to open the story with this comparison? 
The comparison of the NFL player to a gladiator is made using a simile. A simile compares two distinct objects using "like" or "as." Watch the video to learn the difference between a simile and a metaphor. As you continue to read, try to identify more examples of similes.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The comparison in the highlighted sentence is made using __________. 
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In the foster home where Harrison lives with Mr. and Mrs. Constable and other foster kids, Harrison has the job of keeping the barn clean. Why is this an "unending and impossible" task? Use an example from the text to support your answer. 

Chapter Two

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Why does Harrison fight with other kids? 
"Crack" is an example of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is a type of word that sounds like the word it is describing. For instance, "boom" is the sound of a sonic jet passing overhead or a blast of dynamite. Below are examples of onomatopoeia.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Three

Did you know you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click or press on the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
There are four points of view in storytelling; first-person, second-person, third-person limited and third-person omniscient. Writers may choose any or all of these points of view, but generally writers select one point of view and stick with it throughout the story or novel. Watch the video below to learn more about point of view in literature. Be ready to answer the following question.  (This annotation contains a video)
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From which point of view is this story written? 
As you read, visualize the town. What happened to the town that made so many FOR SALE signs appear in the windows?  
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What does Harrison fear is about to happen to him? 

Chapter Four

The chapter ends with a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers in books, movies and television shows stop the main action of the story right before a major event. Cliffhangers take the name from the feeling of hanging over a cliff--no one knows what will happen next. Will a team win or lose? Will a character live or die? Authors use cliffhangers to keep their audiences interested and engaged in reading or watching. In this cliffhanger, who do you think is going to come through the courtroom door? 

Chapter Five

The author uses a simile, "insides melt like butter in a hot pan," and metaphor, "liquid pain pumped through his heart," to describe how Harrison feels when his mother enters the courtroom. Why does Harrison feel "half shamed" and "half aching to hold" his mother? 
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Based on what you know about Mr. and Mrs. Constable, why does Harrison's soul NOT feel comforted and nourished at the idea of having them as his legal family?  
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Mr. Constable is dead and Mrs. Constable blames Harrison. How will this turn of events in the plot impact Harrison? How is the ending of this chapter a cliffhanger? 

Chapter Six

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What causes Harrison to trust Mrs. Godfrey? 
What good news do you think Mrs. Godfrey has for Harrison? How might Mrs. Godfrey's news change the plot of the novel? 

Chapter Seven

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How is Mrs. Godfrey able to promise Harrison that he is going to a good family? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter Eight

"Rough" and "strong" are adjectives used to describe Ron Kelly's hands. Adjectives are used to describe nouns, adding interest to the text. Watch the video to see more examples of adjectives.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which of the following is the simile in this sentence? 
"Physicals" are exams to determine whether it is safe for an athlete to participate in a particular sport. Most states require students to have a sports physical before they start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. Even if a physical isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.  

Chapter Nine

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What is the result of Harrison's physical? 

Chapter Ten

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The description of Harrison and the motor boat suggests Harrison is ______. 
Watch the movie clip from The Lion King to see how Mufasa explains the 'circle of life' to his son Simba.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Harrison not want to keep the injured fish? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
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Why does Harrison get tears in his eyes? 

Chapter Eleven

Below is a picture of the book Harrison is reading. Louis L'Amour is a famous American author who wrote adventure short stories and novels. Why might Harrison find L'Amour's novel interesting?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Twelve

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How does Harrison try to justify that opening sentence of Sackett's Landing does not fit him? 
Harrison goes to sleep with hope that his life is going to be better. What events have caused him to have this hope? 

Chapter Thirteen

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How is a morning at the Kelly's house different from a morning at the Constable's house? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.  

Chapter Fourteen

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What does Coach NOT want Harrison to do? 

Chapter Fifteen

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Find the two similes in the highlighted paragraph. How do the two similes increase the tension of the scene? 
A character who is in conflict with the main character (protagonist) is known as the antagonist. Leonard Howard is the antagonist in the story. As you read, pay attention to the ways he antagonizes, or bullies, Harrison.  

Chapter Sixteen

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Why does Becky Smart jump between Harrison and Leonard? 
"Chattering" is an example of onomatopoeia because it represents a sound. Watch the video to learn the difference between onomatopoeia and interjections.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Seventeen

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Why is it difficult to break onto a team once the season has started? How does the coach explain this to Harrison? 

Chapter Eighteen

Why does Harrison compare himself to a "walking, talking zombie" in the highlighted sentences?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Nineteen

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Why are the other players laughing at Harrison? 
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Why does Justin call Harrison a "monster" in the highlighted sentence? 

Chapter Twenty

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Why does Harrison restrain himself from punching Leo in the face? 
This sentence contains an example of onomatopoeia. The word "popped" is a sound effect word. The sentence also contains a simile comparing the pads popping to a gunshot. 

Chapter Twenty-One

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Why does Harrison not feel rage toward Bulkowski like he does Leo? 

Chapter Twenty-Two

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Concussions happen when the soft tissue of the brain bashes up against the hard bones of the skull. Concussions are usually temporary, but can cause headaches and problems with memory, balance and concentration. Concussions are common in sports like football, rugby and boxing. Below is a diagram explaining a concussion.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on the details in the text, what can you infer about how Harrison feels about Coach? 
A hyperbole is an exaggeration. Harrison does not have actual butterflies in his stomach but the exaggeration shows he is nervous. Watch the video below to learn more about hyperbole.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twenty-Three

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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 

Chapter Twenty-Four

How do Harrison's past life experiences affect the way he feels about other people? How does Harrison's past influence how he will act in the future? 

Chapter Twenty-Five

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Harrison spikes the ball in the end zone, but doesn't realized his actions were unsportsmanlike. Explain why sportsmanship is so important to Coach. Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Quiz 1 

Chapter Twenty-Six

Where does Harrison's anger come from? How might this anger be used for good on the football field? If he can contain it and not hurt anyone, football may help Harrison deal with some of his past issues. (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on the details in the text, what can you infer about Justin? 
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Why is the idea of getting paid for work "unthinkable" to Harrison? 
Personification is a figure of speech where an object, idea or animal is given human characteristics. In this sentence, the chair is given the human characteristic of feeling pain. Watch the video below to learn more about personification.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twenty-Seven

How do you think Harrison feels at being part of a team? (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on the details in the text, how is Coach Kelly different from the Black Creek coach? Cite a textual example to support your answer.  

Chapter Twenty-Eight

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Based on Coach's response to what Harrison told him, he seems ______ about Leo Howard's dad. 

Chapter Twenty-Nine

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If Harrison had not been so tired, what might he have done instead of falling to sleep? 
Harrison has come onto the team and shown Leo that he is not the biggest and best player. Could this be the reason Leo Howard wants Harrison off of the team? 

Chapter Thirty

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What rule does Coach Kelly break? 

Chapter Thirty-One

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How do Mrs. Zebolt's actions cause problems for Harrison with the other kids in the classroom? 

Chapter Thirty-Two

Authors use imagery to paint a picture in the reader's mind. In the highlighted sentences, the author describes the features of the principal. As you read, use imagery to help you visualize what is taking place in the story. (This annotation contains an image)
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Cite textual evidence that supports why the school officials feel it is best to find another place for Harrison. 

Chapter Thirty-Three

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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
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What does Jennifer mean by the word "burn" in this sentence? 

Chapter Thirty-Four

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Based on the details in this sentence, what can you infer about the Kellys? 
Read the highlighted dialogue between Becky and Harrison. What does their conversation suggest about their friendship? 

Chapter Thirty-Five

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Why does Coach Kelly tell Harrison NOT to wear rib pads? 

Chapter Thirty-Six

What does staying hydrated mean? Why do people involved in sport need to "stay hydrated" as they play?  (This annotation contains an image)
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What has Justin noticed about Becky? 

Chapter Thirty-Seven

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How is school different for Harrison at this point in the text than it was a week ago? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter Thirty-Eight

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What can you infer is the reason Becky wants to leave quickly when the Fall Ball is mentioned? 

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Whether it is football or soccer, band or quiz bowl, being as a team can be difficult. Team members have to trust each other and work together. Watch the video below to see how the Olivet Middle School football team understands what teamwork is really about.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why doesn't Becky Smart want Harrison to ask her to the Fall Ball dance? 

Chapter Forty-One

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Why do Harrison's teammates not try to tackle him? 

Chapter Forty-Two

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How does Harrison feel about the way his teammates are treating him? 
Why does Harrison feel like things "can't last" in life? How does this fear impact Harrison's point of view? 
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What is Harrison referring to in the highlighted text? 

Chapter Forty-Three

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What is a twenty-three dive play? 

Chapter Forty-Four

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"Harrison's powerful knees, churning like a factory machine" is an example of a ______. 

Chapter Forty-Five

The boys, other than Varnett and Leo, want Coach to put Harrison in the game. If Harrison goes in, how will that impact the plot? 
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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 

Chapter Forty-Six

Harrison does not understand what Coach is doing. He misunderstands his motives and facial expressions. However, Coach does know what he is doing. He knew it was best for the team to request for Harrison to go in. 
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What was the outcome of the football game? 
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What causes Harrison to have hope that he will live in a house like Becky's one day? 

Chapter Forty-Seven

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The highlighted text is an example of ______. 

Chapter Forty-Eight

In the highlighted sentence, the author uses two figurative language devices--personification and simile. The sun is given the human characteristic of "sitting" and the "like and orange Buddha" is a simile.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Forty-Nine

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Why is Harrison afraid to call Jennifer mom? 
How is calling Jennifer "mom" important to the relationship between Jennifer and Harrison? How might this change the way Harrison feels?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Fifty

Any injury can hinder someone who plays sports. Knee injuries can be especially harmful to running sports players. What could a knee injury do to Harrison's ability to play football? (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

Chapter Fifty-One

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Why does Harrison hide the fact that his knee is hurting? 
Do you think Harrison should tell Coach that his knee hurts? Could playing on an injured knee cause more damage and possibly keep him from playing in the championship game?  

Chapter Fifty-Two

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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
Based on Jennifer's reaction, what can you infer about how Harrison's knee looks? 

Chapter Fifty-Three

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What is Doc's diagnosis for Harrison's knee? 
The highlighted paragraph is full of imagery. The "fountain trickled into a large, shallow basin filled with fat lily pads" created a visual in the reader's mind. Even if the reader has never see this exact fountain, the reader can imagine what this fountain might look like. Watch the video to learn more about why authors use imagery in writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Based on Coach's reaction, what can you infer about the telephone call he received? 

Chapter Fifty-Four

Coach Kelly asks Harrison to call him "Dad" sometimes because the Kelly's think of Harrison as their son and are planning to adopt him. Adoption is one way for kids and parents to become a family. How might Harrison feel about Coach's request? 

Chapter Fifty-Five

Harrison's leg has been amputated at the knee. This means the doctors had to remove Harrison's leg to keep the cancer out of Harrison's body. Cancer and serious injuries can be very difficult to handle, but people can work to move past life-changing events like losing a leg. How will Harrison's new parents help him deal with his amputation? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Fifty-Six

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What can you infer about how Harrison feels? 

Chapter Fifty-Seven

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What detail does Major Bauer reveal? 

Chapter Fifty-Eight

Do you think seeing Jeff Keith in the video will inspire Harrison to not give up on his football dreams? (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Major Bauer show Harrison different people who are missing their legs? 
Earlier Harrison describes his situation as feeling like he is sinking. Now, he feels like there is hope.  

Chapter Fifty-Nine

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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 

Chapter Sixty

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"Desensitized" means ______. 
Prosthetic is a form of the word "prosthesis." A prosthesis replaces a missing body part like a foot, leg, arm or hand. Below is an image of a prosthesis similar to what Harrison may wear to replace his missing leg.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Sixty-One

"Hiss" is an onomatopoeia. Watch the video below to learn more about onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains a video)
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Major Bauer uses a literary device to encourage Harrison by comparing hope to the fuel needed to recover from a difficult situation. What literary device does Major Bauer use? 

Chapter Sixty-Two

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Why does Harrison NOT want anyone to see him? 

Chapter Sixty-Three

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Why do you think Major Bauer chose to tell Harrison this story about Coach? Provide an example from the text to support your answer.  

Chapter Sixty-Four

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Based on Harrison's actions in the highlighted text, Harrison probably feels ______ while waiting for Becky to visit. 

Chapter Sixty-Five

Face Morph is a computer app that allows you to alter photos of yourself or others. Below is an example of what Face Morph looks like on a mobile device. Why do you think Harrison "morphed" his own photo to be bald, skinny, pale and ugly? (This annotation contains an image)
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What tone does Harrison have with Becky? 

Chapter Sixty-Seven

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Based on the details in the text, how does Harrison feel about being in the hospital? 

Chapter Sixty-Eight

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Why might an upbeat roommate be good for Harrison? 

Chapter Sixty-Nine

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What does Major Bauer mean by he "had to pull some strings" in order to get the J72? 

Chapter Seventy

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How does Harrison feel knowing that he is getting stronger? 
Does Harrison have an inner drive? Would you describe him as a "turbocharged" person? (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Harrison NOT get sick with his second chemo treatment? 
Little Britain is a British character-based comedy sketch show which was first broadcast on BBC radio and then turned into a television show. It was written and performed by comic duo David Walliams and Matt Lucas. Watch the video clip from Frog Lady.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Seventy-One

Marty's lips "twisted into a bully's sneer" when he confronts Harrison, but Marty's actions are not those of a bully. How does Marty feel about Harrison? Why does Marty say, "Or you...can live" to Harrison? 

Chapter Seventy-Two

What do you suppose is wrong with Harrison to cause his mom to come running into the bathroom? 
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What is one of the effects of the chemotherapy? 

Chapter Seventy-Three

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Based on this detail, what can you infer about Coach and Major Bauer? Why did they shave their heads? 

Chapter Seventy-Four

What lesson is Major Bauer trying to teach Harrison? Who is someone in Harrison's life that he needs to apologize to?  
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Who does Harrison apologize to in the text? 
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How does Harrison feel when someone doubts he will ever play football again? 
Do you think Harrison is trying to get back to a normal life? 

Chapter Seventy-Five

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How does Jennifer feel about Harrison going to a movie with Justin? 
Quiz 3 

Chapter Seventy-Six

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What is Jennifer's reason for not wanting Harrison to go to the movie with Justin? 

Chapter Seventy-Seven

One way people help kids with cancer is to donate their long hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for kids for free. You can find out more about this organization to get involved.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Seventy-Eight

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How do people react to seeing Harrison walk through the mall? 

Chapter Seventy-Nine

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Why does Justin arrive late to the movie theater? 

Chapter Eighty

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How is Justin's behavior different from Harrison's? Which character would you expect to get angry and why? 

Chapter Eighty-One

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How does Harrison feel around Becky and  her family? 
Why do you think Becky wants to hang out with Harrison and Justin? 

Chapter Eighty-Two

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How does Harrison feel about getting the J72 for a Christmas gift? 
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Based on the details in the text, we can infer that Marty ______________________. 

Chapter Eighty-Four

How does Harrison keep his promise to Marty? (This annotation contains an image)
How might Harrison appreciate his ability to walk more now than he did before his leg was amputated? 
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What can you infer happened to Marty? 

Chapter Eighty-Five

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Why does Harrison feel like the minister is speaking directly to him? 

Chapter Eighty-Six

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The highlighted words are examples of __________________. 
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Why does Harrison break down in his mother's arms? 

Chapter Eighty-Seven

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Why is Harrison's mom "babying" him? 
Do you think Major Bauer is 'out of line' treating Harrison the way he did? Why might the Major react the way he does to death and grieving? 

Chapter Eighty-Nine

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Why does the word "gimp" gnaw at Harrison "like a furious rat" and makes his skin feel tight? 
If Harrison has injured his leg, what could this mean for him? Could this set him back although he has made a lot of progress? 

Chapter Ninety

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Why is Harrison so adamant about walking on his leg? 

Chapter Ninety-One

How will hearing his mom say these words affect Harrison? 
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What do you infer is Harrison's best chance at playing football in the future? 

Chapter Ninety-Two

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How does Harrison feel about the major leaving and returning to his duties with the Army? 

Chapter Ninety-Four

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Why does Harrison have to hide how well he is doing from his mom? 
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Explain what "special teams" are in football. Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 

Chapter Ninety-Five

Why does Harrison show Becky his secrets?  

Chapter Ninety-Six

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Why might Harrison want to invite the major to come back to see him?                                                                                           

Chapter Ninety-Eight

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Why does Harrison want to be like the major? 

Chapter One Hundred

Quiz 4 
After you finish Quiz 4, continue reading on the next several pages to learn more about Tim Green and his inspiration behind this book. (This annotation contains an image)