By Barbara O’Connor
- Where are Georgina and her mother and brother living at the beginning of the story? Why are they living there?
- How does Georgina come up with the idea of stealing a dog? Why does she decide to go ahead with her plan, even though she knows it is wrong?
- Why does Georgina think that Carmella is going to be rich? What does she actually find out when she gets to know Carmella?
- What are the two mottos that Mookie shares with Georgina? Choose one of them and explain what it means, using examples from the story.
- Compare Georgina’s life with her friend Luanne’s. What are some of the differences in how the two girls live?
- List two of the times Mama uses her “mean voice” with Georgina. Why do you think she does this? Do you think Mama is really a mean person?
- Why do you think Carmella continues to be nice despite what Georgina has done?
- List all the potential problems that could arise from stealing a dog. How does Georgina address each of these problems in her list of rules for stealing a dog? Does she forget anything?
- Find three instances where Georgina gets frustrated with Toby. Why do you think she is so impatient with him? Do you think she really thinks he is dumb?
- Reread the last four pages fo the book. Do you think the story has a happy ending? Why or why not?
The discussion questions for How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor are from Scholastic teacher.scholastic.com/clubs/lit_circle_pdfs/howtostealadog_t.pdf
For more information:
Author Barbara O’Connor’s website: http://www.barboconnor.com/