Rally 'Round Green, Green Series #4Rally 'Round Green, Green Series #4
Judy Christie
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Lois and Chris are eager to settle into a calm married life, but that won't happen. While Green continues to recover from a horrendous tornado, the state of Louisiana announces plans to close Green's schools, citing poor academic performance and the area's shrinking population. Lois and Chris know the loss will crush the community and harm students forced to travel more than an hour to classes.

Despite warnings from her coach husband, Lois gets in the middle of the controversy, butting heads with a new teacher, who appears to be a spy for bureaucrats, and pushing the state Legislature with Mayor Eva and Molly, who walks to Baton Rouge in protest. The hotshot consultant sent in to monitor the school is none other than Mayor Eva's long-ago, almost-forgotten ex-husband, mixing up Eva's renewed friendship with Dub McCuller. The district's legal woes bring attorney Terrence to town, much to Dr. Kevin's delight. The highway continues to creep forward, raising more doubts about the future of Green, and Lois learns that to make lasting changes, she will have to refuse to conform but be transformed.
     


 

 Rally 'Round Green Discussion Questions: Judy Christie


 

1. Rally ’Round Green opens in the gym at Green School. What does the Rabbit Rally tell you about the community and about Lois? Two new characters, Marcus Hillburn and Priscilla Robinson, are introduced in the early chapters. What is your reaction to them? How do Lois and other residents of Green respond to them? Who do you like most in Green? Why do they appeal to you?

 

 

2. Lois and Chris Craig are remodeling an old house that needs lots of work. What doubts do the newlyweds experience as they work on the home, and what joys do they encounter? Was moving the house to the vacant lot and undertaking the project a good idea or not? Will Lois learn to love the home the way she loved Aunt Helen’s cottage, where she used to live?

 

 

3. In each book in The Green Series, Lois faces unexpected challenges and blessings. What are rough situations she addresses in Rally ’Round Green? How does she grow from her fourth year in Green? In what ways does she need to continue to grow?

 

 

4. Mayor Eva Hillburn finds herself in the midst of three unusual relationships in her life. In what ways are her interactions with Dub McCuller, Major Wilson, and Marcus Hillburn similar? In what ways are they different? What tips would you give Eva on how to deal with these interesting men in her life?

 

 

5. Who do you consider the “bad guys” in this story? Why? What motivates them to do things that you might find distasteful? Do they have good qualities, also? If so, what are those qualities? Who are the most honorable people in the story?

 

 

6. What changes do Lois and her friends face in Rally ’Round Green? How do the Route Two building changes, including the highway project, church move, and others,
affect Lois? Do you encounter ongoing changes in your life? How do you deal with those? What suggestions could you offer on how to deal with tough changes?

 

 

7. Hard questions are raised about the future of Green School, and people talk about what the school means to them. Why do they care so much about their school? Do you have special memories of schools in your hometown? How did your education affect your life?

 

 

8. How do you feel about how The Green News-Item and the townspeople handle the issue of education? What challenges face education in your area? In what ways might you help people who need to learn to read or to get their GED? Is having a school in Green a clear-cut issue or does it have layers?

 

 

9. Katy and Molly are college students in this book. How are their lives similar? How do they differ? How do they learn from each other? Have you ever had a friend who helped you look at the world differently? What do you think will happen to these young women as they continue to mature?

 

 

10. Tammy, newspaper clerk and photographer, is adapting to her new marriage and keeping a secret. She also feels she is not worthy of her new husband, Walt, an attorney. What do you think about her struggles? Have you had times in your life when you felt as though you did not fit in? How did you handle those? How is Iris Jo adapting in Rally ’Round Green? In what ways are Tammy and Iris Jo connected, and how do they help
Lois on her journey?

 

 

11. Anthony, Molly’s boyfriend and one of Chris’s students, faces unexpected adversity. How does he handle his problems? In what ways does his situation touch others in town? Is there someone in your church, neighborhood, or community who needs encouragement or other help from you as they deal with an accident or illness?

 

 

12. Dr. Kevin brings a group of women together to work on a craft. Why does she want to do this? How might these women help each other? In what ways are members of the group similar and how do they differ? Do you have a group you get together with regularly? How do those people help you? What tips would you offer to someone who wants to start a small group?

 

 

13. Employees of the Green newspaper believe in making things happen. How does that affect Lois? What are examples of ways the staff helps the community in Rally ’Round Green? Can you give an example from your life when you felt moved to action? What was the outcome?

 

 

14. Marti was Lois’s best friend in Ohio. How has their friendship changed since Lois moved to Green? How have your friendships changed through the years? How does Lois feel when Marti suggests a mission trip to Green, and why does Lois react the way she does? How did the trip work out? How might you pull a group together to help someone in need?

 

 

15. Relationships are at the heart of life in Green. Lois interacts with a variety of people, from a former hurtful employee to staff members who need her to her new in-laws. How would you describe Lois and the people she cares about? As life unfolds in Green, how do you see Lois growing and changing?

 

 


 

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