1. Do you agree with Maniac when he says a
school is sort of like a big home? Explain.
Possible Answer: I agree with Maniac. When I am in school
my classmates are like my brothers and sisters. My teachers and
the principal are like my parents. I spend almost as much and
sometimes more time at school as I do at home. These are reasons I
agree with Maniac.
2. Why do you think Grayson told the
Superintendent he wants to work part-time for a while?
Possible Answer: Grayson has found a friend. He is also
learning how to read. These are the reasons I believe he has given
for only wanting to work part-time.
3. Explain the meaning of the following sentence
from Chapter 28. "The blanket was there, but it was the boy's
embrace that covered and warmed him."
Possible Answer: Grayson enjoys the warmth of the blanket
Maniac has put over him. However, as he drifts off to sleep he is
warm because of the hug he got from Maniac. This is what the
author means when he says the boy's embrace warmed and covered
him. He felt warmed and covered with love.
4. Why is Thanksgiving with Grayson the best
Thanksgiving Maniac has ever had?
Possible Answer: Maniac now has a place he can call home.
He has someone who cares about him. He also has someone who needs
him because he is teaching Grayson to read. In addition, he has
wonderful memories of the Beale family.
5. Do you think this will be the best Christmas Maniac
will ever have? Why?
Possible Answer: I do not think this will be his best
Christmas. I think it will be one of his best, but I also believe
this book will have a happy ending. I think Maniac will find a
family and live happily every after.