* Why is Dexter begging? How would you describe daily life and the standard of living for Dexter, his family and community? What are the challenges Dexter faces?
*Why do you think there is such a gap in material well-being between Dexter and Sahara's son, Carl? How does Dexter describe Carl's life in comparison to his? How does Carl justify his privileges?
*What parallels and contrasts are drawn between Sahara and Arleen, both single mothers? Between Dexter and Carl?
*How do Dexter, Arleen and Marlon view "uptown" people? How do they view Sahara? How do their views change over time?
*How does Sahara view "ghetto" people? What aspects of Sahara's intervention do you think work and do not work? Is there anything Sahara could have done differently?
*What does Dog-Heart show about modern, urban Jamaican society? What could bring about lasting societal change for countries like Jamaica?
*What do you think motivates Sahara's intervention into the lives of Dexter and his family? How would you describe Sahara's emotional state? What are some of Sahara's fears and prejudices? Does she overcome these? If so, how?
*Why is Sahara's friend Lydia not supportive of her efforts?
*Dexter is an intelligent boy - why do you think he does not do well in school? Carl is an indifferent student - why do you think he does poorly in college? What are the relative consequences for both boys of not doing well in school?
*What are the differences between Dexter and his brother Marlon? Why do you think Marlon does better in school?
*What are the strongest influences on Dexter? Is there a turning point in Dexter's life? What do you think would have made the most difference to the course of his life?
*What role does empathy and compassion play in Dog-Heart? Describe moments when Dexter, Carl and Sahara show compassion.
*What do you think of the ending? Is Dexter doomed, or does Dog-Heart leave you with hope for his future?
*What does the book suggest are the roots of violence in Jamaican society?
*Dog-Heart raises the question: what is each person's personal responsibility to help those less fortunate, expecially children? Having read the book, what do you think is the answer?
*Did reading this book change the way you view street children? If so, how?
*(For non Jamaicans) - What did you know, think or feel about Jamaica before reading Dog-Heart? What, if anything, changed for you afterwards?
*(For Jamaicans) - Do you think Dog-Heart's portrayal of Jamaica is accurate? What are the ways you think the author accurately or inaccurately describes Jamaica? After reading the book, how did you feel about your own role in Jamaican society?