Chapter 23

"When you have got an elephant by the hind leg and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run."

Abraham Lincoln

Pre-reading discussion:

1. Think about where we are in the story --- how does the above quote connect to Jack's situation?

2. Do you think Jack is going to be successful making it home to Jamaica Plain on his own? Why or why not?

3. Predict what will happen at the end of the story.

Fire Escape

Post-reading discussion:

1. Think of the plotline (introduction, conflict, rising action, climax, resolution). What part of the story are we at right now? Use evidence from the text.