story is based on the idea that a natural disaster can cause many more problems than just the initial damage. What are all
the things that can happen from an earthquake?
dog, Comet, is acting strangely because he senses something is wrong before it happens. Do you think animals can do this?
Which animals? How do they know?
this chapter, a small mistake leads to a big problem. Can you think of other cases where that might also happen?
Even though Luke is the main character, this story is written from
several different characters’ points of view. Why do you think the author chose to do this?
Why is Luke so afraid of the sirens?
Is there something you are afraid of even though people say you shouldn’t be?
Luke’s father is so busy that his lunches with Luke are scheduled by an assistant. How would
you feel if you couldn’t see your parents or caregivers without someone else putting you on the calendar?
What do you think is going to happen when enough water leaks out
of the pool?
does Luke’s father like in times of crisis? What does it mean?
How would you feel if Secret Service agents came to school with you?
The author is using something called personification in this chapter. What is she personifying? Can
you find some phrases that show this?
father is afraid she won’t fit in at her new school if she wears her cowboy boots. What do you think about people judging
other people by the clothes they wear?
would you have done with the kitten if you had been in Callie’s place?
Since animals haven’t been taught about fire, what is it called when an animal reacts to an
Both Luke and
Callie remember what happened with Callie’s horse, Hania, when Luke was last at the ranch, but they don’t remember
it the same way. How do their memories differ?
do you think Luke wants to know as much as he can about the security systems at Camp David?
Callie has mixed feelings about her friendship with Luke. What are some of the emotions she feels?
Even though Luke’s father
is the President, he doesn’t make all the decisions about Luke. Why do you think he doesn’t?
Luke and Theo have very different personalities. How would you describe each?
Have you ever been friends with someone who is very different from you?
How does Luke’s father view Theo? What do you think Luke feels about that?
Why does Luke’s father always say ‘make haste slowly’
Why do you
think the kitten is so important to Callie?
some of the things that Luke and Callie say to each other or to Theo that hurt their friendship.
List the series of events that lead to the accident.
People react in different ways to emergencies. Do you think Isabelle
is as calm as she seems?
do you think you would react to a serious emergency?
The title of this chapter is ‘The Quagmire’. A quagmire can be defined
as a difficult predicament. What is the predicament in this chapter?
Callie points out that people usually call 911 in an emergency. Why doesn’t Luke think of this?
People react in many different ways to disasters. How do Luke and
Callie’s reactions to the helicopter crash differ? Why do you think they have the reactions they do?
Why is Luke so angry at his father?
What do you think of Luke’s plan to get through the defense system? Can you think of another
want to stay behind even though he knows he might get hurt going forward. Why does he make that choice? What would you do
in his situation?
do you think Luke, Callie and Theo take the time to try to save the kitten?
Luke, Callie and Theo have trouble getting through the security systems into the building. How would
you design a secure building?
does Callie get angry with Luke and Theo? Which of the three characters are you most like?
What is Luke’s new motto? Why does he make one up?
Why do Callie and Theo disagree with Luke on what to do about Adam?
Luke's knowledge of gravity helps his plan work. How does he take advantage of the principle of gravity?
Why does Luke insist on being
the last one up?
is Luke “not feeling much of anything” at the beginning of this chapter? How do you think you would feel after
going through the same situation?