Masters of Disaster
âLet's face facts: We may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet.â Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals Riley and Reed have got to liven things up. They need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. Henry is the mastermind; Riley's the cautious researcher who's prepared for anything. And somehow fearful Reed always ends up with the scariest, craziest assignments. Roped into wacky attempts to break world records, reenact scenes from books, solve a hundred-year-old murder, and carry out Henry's other inspired ideas, Riley and Reed follow their fearless leader everywhere: into the wilderness (truly terrifying), inside a bull-riding ring, into a haunted house, off the neighbors' roof, and into a cataclysmic collision with explosive life-forms. Gary Paulsen brings all his trademark humor to this fast-paced novel of fun and disaster. From the Hardcover edition.
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Chapter 1 - The Launch of a Grand Plan
Character traits describe a character's personality. Their traits determine their behavior. Look at the highlighted text. What do you learn about Reed and Riley's character in the text? Watch the video to learn more about character traits. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the details in the text, why does Henry call a meeting with Reed and Riley?
Did you know that 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 mobile devices) 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?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of reconvene. Based on the definition, the boys will ____________ their meeting at a later time.
Chapter 2 - Breaking the Record
Henry has done a lot of planning. What can you infer about Henry and his desire to break a world record?
Do you think their "perfect solution" is their bikes? Why or why not?
Why does Henry believe the Batsons' house is the best place to perform the stunt?
"Chattering" is an example of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeic words are words which imitate the natural sound of a thing. They create a sound effect that mimics the thing being described, making the description more expressive and interesting. Look at the poster below for more examples of onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of velocity. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for velocity?
Did you expect Reed to land on the diving board? Why or why not?
Chapter 3 - Wildlife in the Woods
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of deserted. Which word below is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for deserted?
How does Reed feel about Henry's plan? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Do you think the author is foreshadowing that the boys are going to have a good weekend or a bad weekend? Explain your answer.
Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Watch the video to learn more about foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following words from the sentence is an example of onomatopoeia?
Why do you think Reed is always the one in trouble?
Chapter 4 - Night of the Living Sludge
How do Reed and Riley differ in the way they respond to Henry's new plan? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Why does Henry believe spending the night in a dumpster will be a good adventure for them?
Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Watch the video to learn more about dialogue. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the dialogue in the highlighted text, what does the reader learn about Marci's character?
Make Connections: Would you be able to dive into a dumpster filled with all of these items? Why or why not?
Why does Reed talk to himself as he digs through the garbage?
What does Henry mean by saying this may be their "finest hour"?
Why is Reed concerned about the sludge he collected?
Chapter 5 - The Headless, Blood-Drinking, Flesh-Eating Corpses of Cleveland
Why is Reed more likely to enjoy solving a mystery than riding off a roof? How does solving a mystery compare to the other adventures Henry has come up with?
Where was Henry when he got the idea to solve a mystery?
Which word in the highlighted sentence reveals something about Reed's character?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of descendants. Which sentence uses the word descendants in the same context as it is used in the story?
Imagery is the use of figurative language to create visual representations of actions, objects and ideas in the mind of the reader. Imagery can appeal to any of the five senses. Watch the video to learn more about imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
Is the imagery in the highlighted text sight or sound imagery? Explain your answer.
Similes compare two distinct objects using "like" or "as."
Why does Henry believe that Reed is "gifted"?
Based on the details in the text, what can you infer happened to the Hansens?
Chapter 6 - Cowboys and Fishermen
Why does Reed have trouble getting close to girls?
What does Henry believe will make them more attractive to girls? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
Although Willard the bull looks harmless, what do you think will happen if Reed gets on him?
What effect will the jolt of electricity on Willard's rear have on him? What may happen to Reed as a result?
Based on the details in the text, which word BEST describes Henry's attitude?
Chapter 7 - The Last Great Race/Memorial Day Parade Disaster
Based on the title of Chapter 7, what is the outcome of the Memorial Day Parade?
Why is Dwight Hauser to blame for the disaster of the parade? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of decrepit. Which of the following is an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for decrepit?
How would you describe Henry's attitude toward the outcomes of their adventures?
Chapter 8 - Propaganda and Turtle Dregs
Why is Riley NOT limping to school?
Why are Riley and Reed eager to get back at Dwight for being mean to Marci Robbins? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Reed not in favor of any more plans devised by Henry? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
What does Riley's behavior suggest about his feelings toward Henry's next plan?