Recommended for Readers
in Grades 4 and up
2007 - National Education Association's Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children
As the book begins, Sara Crewe prepares to attend a private school for girls while her wealthy father attends to business in India. She is quietly confident, and the other girls envy her intellect and her fine wardrobe until an unexpected event turns her situation upside down. Sara must rely on her imagination, friendships, and inner strength to create a happy life in the midst of an unhappy circumstance.
This story sends the protagonist from riches to rags, and Sara's persistence through her struggle appeals to readers more than 100 years after it was originally written. On the other hand, some characters have a lack of opportunities that Sara never questions.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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