Reading Group Guide for G’DAY: Aints
1. G’Day is defined as “hello.” How does the author parallel the book, G’Day: Aints, to the greeting “hello?”
2. Does “G’Day” appear to be a friendlier greeting than “hello” for the children?
3. Have you or someone you known ever suffered through the loss of a loved one? What action(s) did you observe at each stage of grief?
4. How does the loss of one person in your community affect relationships, finances, and businesses?
5. Are field trips and writing about local landmarks important to school age children to better understand their community and their roles for its future?
6. What are Driew’s perceptions of his little sinister, Gayle, and could she have been perceived differently if Driew had understood her sooner?
7. In what way(s) did Gayle’s friendship with Snow force Driew to grow? Is there a defining moment in Driew’s maturation?
8. How does Driew’s adopting the word “oldies” to replace the word “parents” influence your view of Driew’s parents? At what age did you see your parents as old and why?
9. How do you think Gayle would have handled being the youngest Qweepie sibling? What are some ways the youngest boy might be treated that the youngest girl wouldn’t be?
10. What action stops Gayle’s aggression toward Driew in moment nineteen? Do you have love line boundaries drawn in your own family relationship?
11. How does Gayle’s stealing influence Driew’s relationship with her, Snow, and Nadia? How might their relationship be different if she had been open sooner?
12. What role does Marq’s dependence on substance affect Driew’s family?
13. What role does “Aint” Nadia Eli play in Driew’s story? How does she influence Driew’s perspective of character traits?