A Good Kind of Trouble Reading Guide

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Chapters 1-6

  • Shayla says she doesn't like trouble and avoids confrontation. Is confrontation good or bad?

  • Shayla, Julia, and Isabella, the United Nations, are best friends who are all of a different race. What is great about their friendship? What challenges may they face?

  • Shayla is paired with the big bully Bernard in science as lab partners. She comments about his size, race, and an incident that happened years ago. Is Shayla fair in her judgment of him?

  • When Bernard broke accidentally broke the glass slides in science, Shayla noticed that the teacher didn't ask him if he is okay but told him to stop fooling around. How do you think that made Bernard feel? Should Shayla had said something in his defense?

  • Shayla has one class friend or associate, Yolanda, who is also Black like her. She is basically her friend because her best friends aren't around. Do you think this can grow into a real friendship? What would Shayla have to do to be Yolanda's friend?

  • Let's guess. Where did Isabella run off to? She always tells her friends everything. Why may she have not this time?

  • Should Shayla feel awkward sitting with the Asian girls at lunch? Why might she feel this way?

  • Julia jokes by making fun of/teasing Shayla. She slipped up and did it in front of people who aren't her friends. Should Julia and Shayla continue to interact this way as best friends? Or is it harmless?

  • Shayla's dad explained to her that Julia's Asian basketball league was created due to a lack of representation in other bigger and well-known leagues. He explained that she shouldn't feel left out but respect their need to have their own. 

    • Name other real-life examples of this.

  • Why do girls like the guy who is mean to them but not the guy who likes them? In this case, Shayla likes Jace Hayward who was mean and talked about her forward but thinks Tyler is annoying, although he is generally nice to her and ask her questions about herself when she is not so nice back.

    • To clarify though, Tyler touched Shayla's arm in Shop Class without her permission. No matter how nice it may seem, don't let anyone touch you unwantedly, no matter how innocent it may seem. ​No one should touch your body or enter your close personal space without your consent.

  • Shayla says she doesn't care much about race but she seems to have many questions, assumptions, and issues surrounding race and the way people look. How can Shayla better express how she feels about race and the differences in others.​