Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Middle School Book Club Discusses SLOB

The middle school book club met today during lunch to discuss Ellen Potter's novel Slob.  In Slob,  seventh grader Owen is an overweight genius who is has one problem after another to overcome.  When he is not trying to thwart the most evil gym teacher in the world from humiliating him or trying to catch whoever is stealing his Oreo every day out of his lunch, Owen is working on his invention: Nemesis. Nemesis is a like a television that can show events that happened in the past.  As the story unfolds, the reader learns why this invention is so important to Owen and what it is that he desperately needs to see.  Potter's short novel mixes some heavy issues with humor and fascinating characters.  Though many of our club members were unhappy with the novel's ending, everyone enjoyed this month's selection.  We had lots to discuss over our pizza lunch.

Slob Discussion Questions:

  1. Describe Mr. Wooly.  Could you image a teacher really being like him? How does he add to the story?
  2. What did you think of the GWAB group?  Why do you think Jeremy wanted to be part of the group?
  3. Did your opinion of Jeremy change over the course of the novel?
  4. Who did you suspect was stealing Owen’s cookies?
  5. Who can explain Owen’s invention Nemesis?
  6. Did you ever suspect that Zelda was not Owen’s real mother?  When did you first realize the truth?
  7. How did you react when you learned what really happened to Owen’s parents?
  8. Who wrote the note SLOB? What did you think it meant and what did it really mean?
  9. Why do you think Owen held on to the note and what did he let it go in the end?
  10. How did your opinion of Mason change over the course of the novel?
  11. Did you find this novel to be too dark or depressing for middle school?
  12. Would you recommend this novel to anyone? If so, who?

Our selection for March will be Legend by Marie Lu. 

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