"Chrissie" by Carole Sojka

1. Chrissie takes a cross-country night flight by herself to visit her grandparents. What do you think of an eleven-year-old girl traveling alone overnight? Would you feel differently in the case of a boy?

2. What do you think motivates Chrissie’s seat-mate’s behavior? Do you think it is planned or opportunistic? To what extent do you think it is motivated by Chrissie’s youth? By the fact that she is trying to look older?

3. What options does Chrissie have other than letting the man do what he does? How do you think she might have treated him if she had been fifteen? Seventeen?

4. What do you think of what Chrissie does to punish her abuser? What else might she have done?