Discussion Questions

(Note: We divided the questions by category. Choose the questions that are most relevant to your situation. Scroll to the bottom for a downloadable PDF.)

Mustang Macy and Mustang Jessie


Who was your favorite character? Why?

Who was your second favorite character? Why?

Who was your least favorite character? Why?

If you could change something about one of the characters, what would it be? How would that change the story?

Which character do you think is most like you? Why?

What did you like best about Macy?

What did you like best about Miss W as a teacher?

Who is (or was) your favorite teacher? What do you admire about that person?


Friendship / Forgiveness

Can you relate to Macy’s relationship with Olivia (or Jess’s relationship with Carrie)? In what ways?

Would you have forgiven Olivia (or Carrie)? Why or why not?

Have you ever had a friend who suddenly stopped spending time with you? How did you respond to that? Have you become friends again? If so, how did it happen?

How do you respond when someone is mean to you? Do you think that’s the best way to respond? What might you do differently in the future?

Is there someone you need to forgive? Who? What should you do about it?

Was there a time when you forgave someone even though they didn’t apologize? What happened? How did they respond?

What’s the difference between someone being mean and someone being a bully?

What should you do if someone is bullying you?

When you make a new friend, how do you make sure your old friends don’t feel left out?



Do you go on dates with your family members, like Macy and her mom? If so, what is your favorite thing to do on one? If not, sit down right now and plan one!

Are your siblings anything like Macy’s siblings? How are they similar or different?

What’s your favorite piece of advice that Macy’s mom gave to her?

What’s your favorite piece of advice from your own mom or dad?

What do you like the most about your novel companion?


Community Service

Do you know anyone who is a reformer? What have they done to make a difference in the world?

What small thing can you do for an individual person this week in order to make a difference in their life?

What are some problems you see in your community? Choose one that interests you, and make a list of four ways that problem could be solved.

What could you and your siblings, friends, or entire family do as a service project to make a difference in your community?

Note: Check out the Community Service page for help and ideas.


Books / Reading

What did you enjoy the most about reading these books together?

What’s your favorite type of book to read?

What’s your all-time favorite book?

What was your favorite book when you were younger?

Who is your favorite book character?

What's your favorite book setting? Why? Would you like to go there?

What’s the next book you’re going to read?