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Book Discussion Questions for Seed Savers-Heirloom


The discussion questions for Seed Savers-Heirloom are finished! These questions are perfect for book clubs or classroom use. All currently available discussion questions for the series are also available at Flying Books House. On this blog, the questions for Lily are here and for Treasure here.

I hope you enjoy reading Seed Savers-Heirloom, a series set in a future where gardening is illegal and real food unknown by a majority of the population. Heirloom is my personal favorite!

Topics and themes in Heirloom are family, journey, friendship, discovery, gardening and politics. Click here to read additional posts about Heirloom.

Following are the discussion questions for Seed Savers-Heirloom.


Book Club Discussion Questions for Seed Savers-Heirloom

  1. Clare and Dante are considered “gardening refugees.” Explain what you think this means.
  2. Why does Lily say “That summer, the one when it all began, was when Lily Gardener finally knew her name”?
  3. When Lily first enters Florida, it isn’t what she expects. She muses “I felt a little foolish but was grateful for the reminder that there were a lot of things to learn in the world. That we need to seek out information on our own because the kind that comes to us easily might be incomplete and biased.” Can you think of an example of this?
  4. When Clare questions why it’s important to save seeds if you can buy them from a catalogue, one of things Marissa says is that saved seeds are better because they are local to one’s particular area. Had you ever thought of that? Have you ever saved seeds and planted them the next year?
  5. When Lily visits Meg and Aaron she learns that the rich and powerful are able to buy and eat fresh food. This makes her angry. Then she shows contempt that Aaron and Meg would be a part of such an unjust system. What is your opinion?
  6. Discuss Lily’s journey to find her father from the time she left her home. Which parts made you afraid for her? Which parts made you smile?
  7. Besides learning about gardening, Clare spends a lot of time learning the history of U.S. food politics. The historical part is actually true. What did you learn about farming in this country that you didn’t know before? Less than 1% of the population are farmers. Do you know a farmer?
  8. In Heirloom, we meet a new character named Jason. What is the relationship between Clare and Jason like? What is your opinion of Jason?
  9. Clare has a poetry assignment from school and finds inspiration in her garden. Where do you find inspiration for your creative endeavors? 
  10. Why do you think the author named this book Heirloom?

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Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed SaversVisit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on TwitterSign up for the newsletter!

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