My debut, PLAYING TYLER, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, was published by Strange Chemistry Books in July of 2013.
For PLAYING TYLER, I wanted to write a book for the teens who may not usually get to see themselves as heroes. I wanted to write about the boy who can’t sit still, who can’t focus, the girl who’s good at coding, who lives to study, two kids who live for videogames. Two kids the world may see as outcasts, but who in each other, might see a future.
Possible Discussion questions:
- Tyler has ADHD, but he can’t take his medication because his brother steals it. Would things have been different if Tyler had been able to take his medications? To what extent does having a “label” affect his life? Does it change how other kids see him?
- Ani Bagdorian is a strong young woman trying to find her way in a world traditionally dominated by men. How does that shape your opinion of her? How does it shape her opinion of herself? Do you think things will be different for her once she graduates?
- During the course of the book, Tyler and Ani have to stand up to authority figures for they feel is right. How would the story have been different if they weren’t willing to fight? What would you have done?
- Do you see drones as a permanent part of our future? How so?
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