Book Discussion Questions: The Kelpie by T.J.Wooldridge

New_KELPIE front coverBook Discussion Question for The Kelpie by T.J.Wooldridge

1. The author opens the book en media res or “in the middle of the action.” Many adventure stories over history use this method. What do you think about it? What are some other books you’ve read that use this? What are some other ways authors open their books? Which do you prefer and why?

2. The author narrates the story in first person, or as if Heather is telling the story herself. What do you think of this kind of storytelling? Do you feel pulled into the story or do you feel limited? How do you feel when Heather speaks directly to the audience with her comments?

3. What are some ways that Heather’s family is unique? What are some of the problems they have as a family? How does her family affect Heather’s choices in dealing with dangerous situations?

4. Heather’s brother, Rowan, is diagnosed with autism, and her father takes medication for bipolar disorder. What are some of the ways these characters interact differently? What are these characters’ strengths and weaknesses? To what extent do their psychological differences affect or not affect their relationships and how they help Heather deal with the kelpie?

5. When Heather realizes that the kelpie isn’t a regular horse, she borrows books on faerie stories from her mother. What is she looking for? Does she find it? How does she apply the knowledge she obtains? Are the things Heather finds in the books correct and useful? What explanations does Heather’s mother give about magick and faerie toward the end of the book and why are those explanations necessary?

6. In Great Britain (which includes Scotland), “tea” is a traditional meal served between lunch and supper. We see tea served four times in the book: once with the police, once during the family meeting after the police leave, once with the queen, and once with the prince and princess. What are the differences in those events? How do you know? What does that lead you to believe about “tea” as a tradition in Great Britain? And how do the characters interpret this tradition differently?

7. Heather is shocked when she finds out the biggest consequence of putting the magickal bridal upon the kelpie. The kelpie responds to this by saying, “Ignorance of consequences has never been a release from any contract or action,” to explain that even if she didn’t know what was going to happen, Heather is responsible for the consequences. What does that mean to you? Is this a fair statement? Why or why not? Has there ever been a time in your life where you made a choice without knowing the consequences? How did you deal with the responsibility of these consequences?

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Book Discussion Questions: Finn Finnegan

03032013 - Finn Finnegan  Study and Discussion questions for Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut.

1. Crows show up in the book warning of nearby Amandán. Why do you think the author used crows a symbol of danger?

2. Why do you think the author chose to set the story in a suburban neighborhood in Colorado and not in a large city? How does the setting affect how Finn and Gideon must deal with the Amandán?

3. Both Finn and Gideon change and grow as characters. Who do you think changed the most? Why?

4. The relationship between Finn and Gideon changes and grows from the beginning of the book to the end. What are some of the important changes? How is each character affected by their relationship to the other?

5. Rafe and Savannah aren’t main characters in Finn Finnegan, but they play important roles. How do Rafe and Savannah affect the plot of the book? What kind of relationship do they forge with Finn?

6. What other books remind you of Finn Finnegan and why?

7. What was your favorite scene and why?

Cover Reveal! The Book of Kindly Deaths

The Book of Kindly Deaths

The Book of Kindly Deaths

The Book of Kindly Deaths, coming in June 2014. Click here for an advanced reader copy!


When twelve-year old Eliza Winter finds a secret room in her missing grandfather’s sprawling, Gothic house, her safe, sheltered life is blown apart. Inside, below a stained glass window where moonlight shines no matter the time of day, sits The Book of Kindly Deaths.

In defiance of her controlling mother, who has always forbidden her to read anything strange or imaginary, Eliza takes the book. As night sets in, Eliza reads one haunting story after another. And the further she journeys inside the book, the more the boundaries between our world and a shadowy land of monsters and forbidden places begin to blur.

When the strange, crooked man from the book arrives on the doorstep claiming to be a rare book collector and demanding entry into the house, Eliza’s world is turned upside down. To escape him she must dive all the way into the spine-tingling world of The Book of Kindly Deaths to save her grandfather-and write an end to the nightmare she’s caught inside.

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