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In the deep zone, even the very best player can find it impossible to beat a foe who’s hungry and waiting. . . .

Troy White can predict a play before it happens. Star quarterback on his state football team, Troy’s a natural for the 7-on-7 tournament that’s being held at the Super Bowl in Miami. With any luck, his “football genius” will also be working for the Atlanta Falcons on that big day.

Ty Lewis is a wide receiver with exceptional speed. His brother, an NFL star, says getting on a 7-on-7 team will prove Ty’s a winner.

From the moment the two football champs cross paths, Troy and Ty begin to size each other up. Troy is suspicious of Ty’s interest in his friend Tate, while Ty worries his speed will never be a match for Troy’s game smarts. But when the two rivals find themselves somehow tangled in the same dangerous web of deceit, they discover that they have more in common than their skill at football.

Uniting Troy, first seen in the New York Times bestselling Football Genius, and Ty, who was chased by the Mafia in Football Hero, Tim Green’s Deep Zone delivers it all—vivid settings, dynamic characters, and high-stakes action on and off the field.

Curriculet Details
96 Questions
91 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining personification, imagery and monitoring comprehension. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about plot devices and figurative language. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of citing textual evidence, identifying literary devices, and comparing character traits. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

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What is the setting when the story begins? 
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What does Thane mean by the term "deep zone?" 
Parallelism (or parallel structure) is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter. In the highlighted sentence, 'helmets popped and pads crunched' is an example of parallel structure. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Two

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What are some of the advantages Ty has because he lives with his brother, Thane? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
A simile is a type of figurative language that makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, a simile draws resemblance with the help of the words “like” or “as." Therefore, it is a direct comparison. Watch the video to learn more about simile and metaphor.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which literary device is used in this highlighted sentence? 
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This strategy is known as ________________________. 
Make a prediction: Do you think Thane made a touchdown for the Jets? 

Chapter Three

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Based on this detail, we can infer that _____________. 
A cliffhanger, or cliffhanger ending, is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma. The character is confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of a chapter. A cliffhanger is used to ensure the reader will continue reading to see how the character resolves the dilemma. 

Chapter Four

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Why does Ty feel sick? 

Chapter Five

Onomatopoeia is defined as a word which imitates the natural sound of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described, making the description more expressive and interesting. In addition to the sound they represent, many onomatopoeic words have developed meanings of their own. For example, “whisper” not only represents the sound of people talking quietly, but also describes the action of people talking quietly. In this sentence, "hissed" and "beeped" are examples of onomatopoeia. Watch the video for more examples of onomatopoeic words.  (This annotation contains a video)
Make a connection: Do you have someone in your life (mother, father, brother, or sister) who does not allow you to miss school? Why is it important for kids to have someone make them go to school even if they don't feel like going? 
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Why does Thane want Ty to go to school? 

Chapter Six

As you read, pay attention to details in the text. This will help you understand the plot of the story. 
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What role does Ty play in Uncle Gus's phony website scheme? 

Chapter Seven

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Why does Ian make Ty sit in the back of the car? 
What does this highlighted detail reveal about how Ty feels about his brother? 
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Use the 'Define' feature and read the definition for the word iniquity. Based on the second definition, what can you infer about how Ty's aunt and uncle treat him? 
Facebook is a social media site that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with what happening in the lives of people they know.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Eight

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Explain how the doctors had to repair Thane's knee. Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Personification is giving non-human objects human characteristics. The snowflakes are given the human characteristic of having the ability to dance. Watch the video to learn more about personification.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How does Ty feel about staying at the house alone? 
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Why does Ty call Ian's limo the "white whale?" 
Make a prediction: Who do you think is in the limo with Ty? 

Chapter Nine

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Why does Ian make the FBI agent call his boss and a cop? 
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What could be an effect of Ty having contact with his cousin Charlotte? 
Do you think Ty will answer the question truthfully?  

Chapter Ten

The word 'cavernous' describes something resembling a cavern; something vast. This detail suggests that Thane has a large house. 
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Why does Agent Sutherland feel bad about Ty's hand? 

Chapter Eleven

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Why does Agent Sutherland say Ty may be in danger? 
Why do you suppose Ty doesn't feel like a little kid? Since he doesn't have parents, do you think he has had to grown up and be more responsible than most other kids his age? 

Chapter Twelve

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This detail suggests that The Blade _____________________. 

Chapter Thirteen

How would life be different with Uncle Gus and Aunt Virginia? Do you think Ty prefers to live with Thane? Why or why not? 
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Think back to one of the videos you watched earlier.The highlighted text is an example of __________________. 
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Identify and name three examples of onomatopoeia in the highlighted text. 
What is one of the disadvantages of being in law enforcement, according to Agent Sutherland?  

Chapter Fourteen

At the end of Chapter 13, the doctor has some bad news for Ty. Now, at the beginning of this chapter, Ty remembers back to the day when his parents died. 
Hyperbole is a type of figurative language which involves an exaggeration of ideas for the sake of emphasis. In this example, the panic is not literally going to choke Ty to death. This is exaggerated to reveal how scared Ty is that something is going to happen to his brother.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Fifteen

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How did Ty's life change after he moved in with his brother? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Make connections: How do you feel about school? Is it similar or different to Ty's opinion about school? 
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Based on the context of the sentence, what does 'not out of the woods' most likely mean? 

Chapter Sixteen

Does Ty think that the injury to his hand could keep him from making the team? 
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Which of the following is a characteristic of an NFL football player? 
Michael Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career playing for the New York Giants.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Ty know the boy with the gap in his teeth is Michael Strahan's son? 

Chapter Seventeen

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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
What does being "old school" mean? 
Homophones are words that are pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning, and may differ in spelling. 'Feinted" and 'fainted' are homophones. They are both pronounced the same but their spelling and definitions differ. Below are more examples of homophones.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Eighteen

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This detail suggests that _____________________. 
Why does Ty think he did not make the team? Who does he blame for his injury? 
Read the highlighted sentence. Can you identify four examples of onomatopoeia (sound words) in the sentence? 
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What common features does Ty have with the boy in the Post? 
Why might Mark Bavaro call Ty? 

Chapter Nineteen

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Mark Bavaro seems ___________ that Ty did not whine about his injury. 
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What can you infer about Agent Sutherland's reaction after hearing the news about Tiger Lewis on television? 
Who might Ty think is coming into his room? 

Chapter Twenty

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How do the mob men get past the guys Agent Sutherland has watching the house? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter Twenty-one

Based on the context of the sentence, "your brother turned the corner" must mean that Thane is doing better. 
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What does Agent Sutherland do that makes Ty nervous? 

Chapter Twenty-two

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How did Ty's Uncle Gus trick him into releasing information about injured players? 
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Why is Ty able to sleep better on this particular night? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
How do you think Ty feels knowing that his Uncle Gus is under heavy guard by the US Marshals? 

Chapter Twenty-three

This dialogue is what the news reporter speaks into the camera at the courthouse. Court cases like this one are sometimes referred to as "high-profile" cases. This means they receive a lot of media attention. 
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How does Coach Bavaro feel about Ty's play? 

Chapter Twenty-four

What is meant by "the chemistry" between Ty and David Bavaro? Why is team "chemistry" important?  
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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
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What can you infer is the reason Ty looks down when Agent Sutherland tells him to stay away from his Facebook page? 
The cost of Super Bowl tickets varies greatly. Factors such as seat location in the stadium and when you purchase the tickets often determine the price. Read the newspaper article to find out how much tickets sold for in the 2014 Super Bowl. Would you pay that much money for Super Bowl tickets? (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter Twenty-five

In this split second of fear, Ty remembers his plan for an escape route he had mapped out in the past.  
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Why does Ty feel shame for trying to escape? 

Chapter Twenty-six

"Klunk" is an example of onomatopoeia. Watch the video for more examples of words that represent sounds.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Do you think it is a good idea for Uncle Gus to be at Thane and Ty's house? Why or why not? 

Chapter Twenty-seven

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Why does Uncle Gus come to Thane's house? 
How does Thane feel about Uncle Gus asking him for a loan? 

Chapter Twenty-eight

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What can you infer about Thane based on his actions? 
What question do you think Ty has for Uncle Gus? 
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What can you infer the shouting on the other end of the line is about? 
What does Uncle Gus mean by "you've lightened the load?" 
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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
Again, the cliffhanger ending leaves the reader expecting that something important is going to happen. 

Chapter Twenty-nine

Who do you think makes the catch? 

Chapter Thirty

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What does winning this football game mean for the Raptors? 
The hotel in this picture is similar to the Florida Grand where Thane and Ty are staying for the Super Bowl.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How do Thane and Ty feel about the game and going to Miami? 

Chapter Thirty-one

Imagery is the use of figurative language to create visual representations of actions, objects and ideas in our mind in such a way that they appeal to our physical senses. Watch the video to find out more about why authors use imagery in writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Think about the video you just watched. Which literary device is used in the highlighted text? 
Make a prediction: who do you think the boy is that Ty recognizes? 

Chapter Thirty-two

How does Ty feel when Tate says other teams do not stand a chance against Troy? 
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What plot device is used at the end of this chapter to ensure that we keep reading on to find out what happens next? 

Chapter Thirty-three

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How does Ty outsmart his brother when he is looking for him on the beach? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Do you think one of the mob men followed Thane and Ty to Miami? 

Chapter Thirty-four

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What causes Thane to hurt his knee? 
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Why does Thane believe his leg is going to be okay? 
Why is it important for Ty to have Thane's approval? Why does he want Thane to believe he is a good person? 

Chapter Thirty-five

Why might Thane not be at the game yet? 
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How does zone defense work? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter Thirty-six

How might seeing Tate in the stands distract Ty from the game? 
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Read the highlighted text. Identify and state two examples of simile found in the text. 

Chapter Thirty-seven

What does this mean for the Raptors team? 
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How does Coach Bavaro feel about Ty's performance on the field? 

Chapter Thirty-eight

What is the "real" reason that Ty is not performing well in the game? 
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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 

Chapter Thirty-nine

How is Ty different on the field this time than he was earlier? 
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Based on the context of the sentence, what does trajectory most likely mean? 

Chapter Forty

Ty remembers back to a game in which his brother played. Notice how his brother's example helps him. What is the lesson that he takes away? 
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Why does David Bavaro feel responsible for that bad play that Ty had to recover? 

Chapter Forty-one

What does Ty learn about being a champion? 
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Ty feels the best thing for him to do is to ____________. 
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What is the purpose of watching the film of other teams? 
Make connections: How does Ty feel knowing that Thane is proud of him? How do you feel when someone is proud of you? 

Chapter Forty-two

Banana Republic is a clothing and accessories retailer owned by American multinational corporation Gap Inc.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Where are Thane, Ty, Mrs. White, and Tate going after the game? 
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What makes Tate different from most other girls? 
The details in the highlighted text reveal that Tate's dad is a big Chicago Bears fan. 

Chapter Forty-three

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What does Troy's mom think Thane means by asking them to lunch? 
Was Thane trying to ask Mrs. White out on a date? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter Forty-four

What do you think is wrong with Troy? 
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"Chatter" is an example of ____________. 
A collective noun is a noun which refers to a group of things or animals. "Cluster" is a collective noun because it means a group of people. "Team" is also a collective noun. (This annotation contains an image)
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Troy is described as a 'football genius.' How does this make life tough for him? 
Do you think Ty is about to get another distraction? Who or what could it be? 

Chapter Forty-five

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Why does Ty think Tate is ignoring him? 

Chapter Forty-six

Visualize as you read! There is a lot of imagery in this section of text - use it to create a picture in your head. 

Chapter Forty-seven

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What causes Ty to almost go overboard? 
What does this detail reveal about Ty? 
This is an image of a Burmese python.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Gumbo uses a slimy chicken wing for bait? 
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Which literary device is used in this sentence? 

Chapter Forty-eight

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The highlighted text is an example of ______________. 
Why does Gumbo not want to go to the fish camp? 

Chapter Forty-nine

How could this explain why Troy is acting the way he is? 
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How is Troy's dad situation similar to the situation Ty has been through with his Uncle Gus? 
The highlighted text contains examples of simile. Watch the video to learn more about simile and metaphor.  (This annotation contains a video)
Who could Ty have seen that caused him to jump to his feet? 

Chapter Fifty

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Who does Ty believe he saw get off of the elevator? 
What is meant by saying that Tate is "a pistol?" 
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Why is calling Agent Sutherland a good idea? 
Since Ty met Tate, how difficult has it been for him to concentrate? 
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What is the purpose of the meeting with Coach Bavaro? Use textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter Fifty-one

Although Ty feels like his team has prepared well and they are good, he is still not sure they can compete with Troy White. 
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What will Ty have to do in order to stay focused on the game? 
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How does Ty feel at this point in the story? 

Chapter Fifty-two

Why does Coach Bavaro want his players to get a good nights sleep? 
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What are Ty and Thane's plan for the rest of the afternoon? 

Chapter Fifty-three

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Why is it so important that Ty talk to Tate now? 
Make connections: Have you ever had anyone interrupt a conversation between you and another person? 

Chapter Fifty-four

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Who does Thane call to try to get tickets for the Falcons' party? 
Why does Ty want to go to the Falcons' party so badly? 

Chapter Fifty-five

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How does Thane get the Falcons' party tickets? 
How does Ty feel about the tickets? 
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How are Ty and Thane different in the way they view their parents' deaths? 

Chapter Fifty-six

The author uses imagery in this section of text. Visualize the scene as you read. 
"Crowd" is also an example of a collective noun. 
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What is Ty's reaction when he sees Tate at the party? 

Chapter Fifty-seven

Do you think Troy's dad has connections with the mob? 
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Why does Ty follow Troy and the tall man? 
This sentence contains personification and a simile. Can you identify them? 

Chapter Fifty-eight

Authors use adjectives to describe nouns in order to make writing more interesting. Watch this video to learn more about adjectives. (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Ty fear is the reason they are taking him into the swamp? 

Chapter Fifty-nine

Do you think if Troy's dad is involved with the mob, he may know about the criminal history of the fish camp? 
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Which literary device is used in this highlighted section of text? 

Chapter Sixty

Why do you think Troy's dad gets mad at the mention of his mom? 
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This detail suggests that Troy's dad _____________________. 
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Why does Troy believe his mother will look for him? 

Chapter Sixty-one

Troy's father is like Uncle Gus in that he has gotten involved with the mob and now he cannot get out. 
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How does Ty's understanding of what the mob is like help him in this situation? 

Chapter Sixty-two

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"Ow" is an example of ________________. 
Why is jumping and swimming to try to excape not a good idea? Do you think Ty will want to try this? 

Chapter Sixty-three

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Why does Troy find it difficult to believe this man is his dad? 
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What do the boys realize in this part of the story? 
This explains why Ty and Troy look similar to one another. 

Chapter Sixty-four

There are two examples of onomatopoeia in this sentence. Can you identify them? 
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Where has Troy most likely seen sheets tied together to escape from a building? 
What bothers Ty about Troy's foot being in the water? 
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What is the effect of Ty hitting the paddle blade against the mangrove root? 

Chapter Sixty-five

Do you think this is someone that will rescue the kids? Could it be the mob men? 

Chapter Sixty-six

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Where are the kids at this point in the story? 
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Which one of the following people is someone that Ty will NOT miss? 
Make a prediction: who do you think is coming up the stairs? 

Chapter Sixty-seven

Why do you think Troy's father helps them escape? Did you expect this to happen? 
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Why do they NOT start the motor of the boat? 
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Why did Troy's dad get involved with the mob? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Troy knows that his dad is always running from the police. 

Chapter Sixty-eight

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Why does Ty make the decision to change the play? 
Was Ty's decision to change the play beneficial to his team? Why or why not? 
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What will happen to Bennie and Bonito? 
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