49 pages 1 hour read

Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2015

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Several secondary characters step into the mentor archetypal role to care for and instruct Matt. Brainstorm a list of characters who play the mentor role, then select the two (besides Mr. Ray) who serve as the strongest and most effective mentors in their help and supervision of Matt.


Character-driven novels like The Boy in the Black Suit often offer multiple themes. What theme, phrase, or statement can readers extract from the novel on the topic of loneliness? How does this theme idea connect to the motif of solitude? Detail your response with a total of four to five events or character actions in the novel.


The chapter titles in The Boy in the Black Suit serve to foreshadow, set the mood, or highlight a theme or motif. Choose two to three chapter titles that establish the mood or theme of the chapter especially well; discuss with evidence from the chapter the ways in which the chapter title is effective.

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