The Losers' Club Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured discussion about the 2018 Andrew Clements children's novel 'The Losers Club'.

The Losers Club

The Losers Club is a 2018 children's novel by Andrew Clements, featuring a sixth-grade protagonist who just wants to read and be left alone. The story should connect with many students as it deals with issues of finding your place, learning to connect with other people, and a love of reading. These discussion questions are intended for upper elementary students, but can be adapted for other ages if desired.

Questions about Plot and Characters

  • How does The Losers Club begin? What did you think of how this book started? How did this introduce us to Alec? What's the first thing we learn about Alec? What did you expect him to be in trouble for? Were you surprised by the fact that he was in trouble for reading too much? Why is this a problem?
  • How would you describe Alec? What is his personality like? Why does he love reading so much? What do you think books represent to him?
  • How is the conflict immediately established in this book? How does Alec respond to the news that he has to learn to pay attention or be faced with summer classes? How would you feel about this? Does Alec want to change? Is it easy to?
  • Why does Alec start a club in the Extended Day Program? Why does he name it the Losers Club? What does this show us about Alec? Does he have some anger inside? Why?
  • Who is Nina? How are we introduced to Nina? What does she represent to Alec? What does he represent to her?
  • How does the Losers Club start to grow? How does Alec respond to this? How does this force him to deal with issues he didn't expect to? Do you think Alec become more of a leader as a result? Where do we see this? How does Nina help Alec grow?
  • Who is Kent? How does Kent fit into this story and the Losers Club? Why do you think Kent picks on Alec? Do you notice any trends about when and how this occurs?
  • What challenges do Alec and the Losers Club face? How do they deal with these challenges? What is the climax of this novel? How does this represent a chance for major characters to demonstrate growth? How is the climax resolved?
  • Overall, what did you think of this book? Which character was your favorite? Did you feel like the main characters all grew and learned something by the end? Did you feel like the ending was satisfying? Why?

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