Book Clubs

Book Club Guide:
My Big Nose & Other Natural Disasters (HM Harcourt/Graphia)

Discussion Questions:

1. Is Jory’s brother, Finn, really the preferred child in her family? How could her parents remedy Jory’s perception in this situation – or can they?

2. After reading the scene involving Jory’s accident with the delivery van, how could you have handled it differently if you were driving?

3. If you were Jory, would you go through with the plastic surgery? Give some reasons for/against.

4. Do love interests like Tyler, Gideon and Tom have to come between friends? How can conflicts over guys/girls be prevented or resolved?

5. After reading My Big Nose… what advice would you give to a friend who has a feature that they blame their problems on or feel holds them back? What role, if any, does the media play in fueling fears like Jory’s?


Katie Bakes! Chocolate Chip Cake (or cupcakes)

1 package devil’s food cake mix (Shh, don’t tell--Katie uses a mix).
1 package chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup warm water
4 eggs
1 ½ cups chocolate chips

Beat together eggs, oil, water, and sour cream. Add cake mix and pudding mix. Beat well. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake in a buttered and floured pan at 350 degrees for about an hour. This cake is sturdy enough to be cut into all kinds of shapes—from spaceships to teddy bears. Frost with your favorite icing (chocolate is delightfully decadent).

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting

½ cup butter (one stick)
2/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. Makes 2 cups of frosting.


Make a collage about your hopes, dreams, and passions (in the creative sense of the word!). Search through old magazines for images and words that appeal to you. Use glue sticks to create a colorful poster that will remind you of all your potential and possibilities.


Create a book thong that Jory would love. Materials needed (per book thong): 2 feet of waxed linen cord, 1 charm, a dozen assorted beads, scissors, clear nail polish.

Tie a charm onto the bottom of the cord. Trim the knot and set with clear nail polish. Slide four to five beads onto the cord. Tie a knot after the last bead.

Determine the length of the book thong (cut it shorter for paperback books). Tie a knot where you want the next set of beads to start. Add four or five beads. Tie another knot. Trim and set the knot with clear nail polish. You’re done!


For jewelry making:
Plastic Surgery resources:
Turn Beauty Inside Out:
About the Author:


LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
Sleater-Kinney—“Little Babies”
My Morning Jacket—“Gideon”
The Raconteurs—“Steady As She Goes”
Vampire Weekend—“One”
White Stripes—“Icky Thump”
Smiths—“There’s A Light That Never Goes Out”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs—“Maps”
Andrew Bird—“Plasticities”
Modest Mouse—“Float On”
Fleet Foxes—“White Winter Hymnal”


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