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Fallout by Todd Strasser - Discussion Guide

Fallout by Todd Strasser - Discussion Guide

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Published by Candlewick Press
Fallout by Todd Strasser - Discussion Guide

What if the bomb had actually been dropped? What if your family was the only one with a shelter?

In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst. As the neighbors scoff, he builds a bomb shelter to hold his family and stocks it with just enough supplies to keep the four of them alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in late October, when the unthinkable happens, those same neighbors force their way into the shelter before Scott’s dad can shut the door. With not enough room, not enough food, and not enough air, life inside the shelter is filthy, physically draining, and emotionally fraught. But even worse is the question of what will -- and won’t -- remain when the door is opened again. Internationally best-selling author Todd Strasser has written his most impressive and personal novel to date, ruthlessly yet sensitively exploring the terrifying what-ifs of one of the most explosive moments in human history. (Ages 10 and up)
Fallout by Todd Strasser - Discussion Guide

What if the bomb had actually been dropped? What if your family was the only one with a shelter?

In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst. As the neighbors scoff, he builds a bomb shelter to hold his family and stocks it with just enough supplies to keep the four of them alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in late October, when the unthinkable happens, those same neighbors force their way into the shelter before Scott’s dad can shut the door. With not enough room, not enough food, and not enough air, life inside the shelter is filthy, physically draining, and emotionally fraught. But even worse is the question of what will -- and won’t -- remain when the door is opened again. Internationally best-selling author Todd Strasser has written his most impressive and personal novel to date, ruthlessly yet sensitively exploring the terrifying what-ifs of one of the most explosive moments in human history. (Ages 10 and up)

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This discussion guide, which can be used with large orsmall groups, will help your students meet several of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for EnglishLanguage Arts. These include the reading literaturestandards for key ideas and details, for craft and structure,and for integration of knowledge and ideas
(CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL)
and the speaking and listening standards forcomprehension and collaboration and for presentation of knowledge and ideas
(CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL)
. Questions canalso be used as writing prompts for independent work.
 
About the book
Everyone knew that Scott Porter’s father wasbuilding a bomb shelter under the family’shouse in suburban Long Island, but no onein the neighborhood wanted to believe thatit would be used. Surely President Kennedyin Washington and Premier Khrushchev inMoscow would settle the dispute down in Cubawithout going to war using nuclear weapons.But as the summer of 1962 turns into fall,neither side seems to be backing down. Lateone October night, the unthinkable happens:a nuclear war begins, and suddenly everyoneis rushing for cover in the Porters’ shelter, aspace that was designed with only one familyin mind. . . . In his most powerful and personalnovel to date, an acclaimed novelist reimaginesthe horrifying what-ifs of growing up on thebrink of nuclear war.
by
TODD STRASSER
HC: 978-0-7636-5534-1• E-book: 978-0-7636-6722-1Also available in audio
CANDLEWICK PRESS DISCUSSION GUIDE
 
Discussion Questions
1.
Fallout 
is historical ction, but it rewrites the past. What are the true historicalevents depicted in this novel? What are the imagined events? Why do you thinkthe author chose to alter the facts of 1962? What do you think he is trying to tell usabout the present?2. The chapters in this novel alternate between the months leading up to the attackand the days immediately following. How does the novel’s structure enhancethe story’s suspense? How does it deepen your understanding of its characters,especially the eleven-year-old narrator, Scott Porter?3. For much of the late twentieth century, the United States and the Soviet Unionfought each other in the Cold War. What is the difference between a “cold” warand a “hot” one? After reading this book, which would you rather experience?Why?4. What is the historical connection between Russia and the Soviet Union? Why dothe characters in
Fallout 
use both names interchangeably? What happened to thecountry known as the Soviet Union? Why?5. Before the attack, Mr. Shaw makes fun of the bomb shelter, but afterward heforces himself and his family into it and even keeps others out. Do you think he’s ahypocrite? What would you have done in his situation?6. Why was Mrs. Porter opposed to building a bomb shelter? Why does Mr. Porterdecide to build it anyway? Before the attack, which parent would you have agreedwith? Why?7. What are Scott’s greatest worries in the hours immediately after the attack? Whatare they as the days go on?8.
Evil 
was a word that Scott and his classmates often used to describe the Sovietleaders. What were their reasons for this judgment? How did they regard PresidentKennedy? How did their new teacher, Mr. Kasman, challenge their beliefs?9. Ronnie could be a liar, a bully, a Peeping Tom, and even on occasion a thief. Sowhy is he Scott’s best friend? What do the two boys ght about just before theattack? What happens to their friendship in the shelter?
Fallout 
Discussion Guide www.candlewick.com page 2

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