Recommended for Readers
in Grades 5 and up
A character can jump into fictional books, but when she takes someone else with her, the trouble really begins. Part fantasy, part science fiction, there's a lot going on in this adventure.
There is a lot happening in this book. For me, the most interesting parts were the debate about the value of science vs. the value of magic (sort of a science fiction vs. fantasy conflict), and the conflict of ethics about whether ruthless authors should be allowed to determine fictional characters' lives. There are some stories within stories, and a character who impersonates a different fictional character for a large part of the book. A character is searching for her father, which is supposed to be the main drive in the book, but it gets a bit lost behind the dragons and science soldiers and all the other things going on.
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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