Henrietta’s family has struggled to understand how Henrietta’s cells have been used, and they felt taken advantage of by different people and groups. What did you think of the family, especially Dorothy? How do you think you would react if you were in their shoes?


Rebecca Skloot, the author, makes some efforts to connect with Henrietta’s family in this first section, but they are hesitant to meet with her. How do you think Skloot will break through their defenses and get to know more about their mother?




Ben’s meeting with It in the library was horrifying, and Beverly encounter with It at her childhood home was incredibly unsettling. Do you have any guesses as to how the group united and beat It back in 1958? Do you think they will be able to beat It once and for all now that they are adults?


In Chapter 1, Pennywise the Clown hid in a storm drain and killed Georgie. Thirty years later, a group of teenagers attack a young gay man and throw his body into a canal, where a clown grabs and eats it.


Stephen King’s It is set in a small town in Maine that is terrorized by a devil-like creature that preys on young children. It’s not for everyone, but if you enjoy horror stories and thrillers, you’ll love it.


Isn’t amazing how the dogs make a difference in the lives of many people, not just the families that they are eventually placed with? I loved learning how 4 Paws for Ability takes dogs to the prison to be trained, and how they have such a big impact on the prisoners who train them.


I think my favorite part of this chapter was the fact that the dog, Casey, helped Connor connect with kids his own age. It was so cool that when he went to the playground with Casey, kids came up and talked to him, asked him about his dog, and wanted to play with him.


In the first two chapters we meet Juke, who is trained to help a teenager named Logan who suffers from uncontrollable violent outbursts, and Barkley, who aids Ben, an autistic boy who frequently escapes from home. Were you surprised by the tasks these dogs could perform?