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One of the strangers the Minor children meet tells them, "Next time you see someone down and out, help pick them up. You never know what they might be going through." Is this good advice? Were the siblings also in need? How can you reach out to others, while at the same time keep yourself safe?
Charlotte confesses to taking money from her mother and some of her dates. Kenneth steals a vehicle so they can escape. And Dana shoplifts. Are these acts justified because of the situation these teens find themselves in? Or are right and wrong behaviors beyond the influence (or rationale) of circumstances?
The Minor children rely on their own strength and wits to better their predicament. How else might they have tried to remedy their problem? Are there people or places they could have turned to for help?
How does the children’s grandmother respond to the accusations of their alcoholic mother? What is unusual about her approach? What affect does it have? Why?