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The Road to Amazing Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! The Road to Amazing By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Twenty-five year-old Russel Middlebrook is finally marrying his boyfriend. But when the two of them gather their close friends together in a big house on a remote island the weekend before the ceremony, everything seems to go wrong. Major Themes and Ideas (1) […]

The Elephant of Surprise Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! The Elephant of Surprise By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Geography Club’s Russel Middlebrook and his friends Min and Gunnar are back, and they’re laughing about something they call the Elephant of Surprise—the tendency for life to never turn out the way you expect. Sure enough, Russel soon happens upon a radical environmental […]

Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Twenty-four year-old Russel Middlebrook moves to Los Angeles with his boyfriend Kevin to try to make it as a screenwriter, but things don’t turn out like he expected. Major Themes and Ideas (1) Disappointments are inevitable in life, but we […]

Shadow Walkers Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! Shadow Walkers By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Zach lives with his grandparents on a remote island in Puget Sound in Washington State. With only his little brother, Gilbert, to keep him company, Zach feels cut off from the world. But when Gilbert is kidnapped, Zach tries the only thing he can think […]

Double Feature Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies By Brent Hartinger Synopsis It’s a horror-movie extravaganza in this companion to Brent Hartinger’s Geography Club! Two books in one recount the stories of best friends Min and Russel who sign up to be extras on the set […]

The Order of the Poison Oak Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! The Order of the Poison Oak By Brent Hartinger (for ages 12 and up) Synopsis Summer camp is different from high school. Something about spending the night. Things happen. Geography Club’s Russel Middlebrook is back, and he and his friends are off to work as counselors at a summer camp. Brent […]

Geography Club Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! Geography Club By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Russel Middlebrook is convinced he’s the only gay kid at Robert L. Goodkind High School. Then his online gay-chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school’s baseball team. Soon Russel meets other gay students too. […]

Project Sweet Life Discussion Guide

Warning! Contains Plot Spoilers! Project Sweet Life By Brent Hartinger Synopsis “This summer was going to be the sweet life and now it’s not.” Dave and his two best friends are looking forward to a sweet summer of freedom, but their fathers have another idea. Instead of spending the summer swimming, biking, and kicking back, […]

Grand & Humble Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! Grand & Humble By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Harlan and Manny are both seventeen years old, but they couldn’t be more different. Harlan is an athlete with a beautiful girlfriend, the son of a powerful U.S. Senator, and possibly the most popular kid in his high school. Meanwhile, Manny is a quirky […]

The Last Chance Texaco Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! The Last Chance Texaco By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Fifteen years old and parentless, Lucy Pitt has spent the last eight years being shifted from one foster home to another. Now she’s ended up at Kindle Home, a place for foster kids who aren‘t wanted anywhere else. Among the residents, Kindle Home […]