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Discussion Questions for Keeper

More discussion questions are ready! Hot off the press are discussion questions for Seed Savers-Keeper. They will also be available shortly at the publisher website, Flying Books House.

Seed Savers-Keeper edges up to a more teen rather than preteen audience as there is little gardening and a lot more politics. And as always, a lot of friend and family relationships, meeting of cultures, and intrigue.

Without further ado, discussion questions for Seed Savers-Keeper:

My favorite cover!

Book Club Discussion Questions for Seed Savers-Keeper

  1. At the beginning of Keeper, Lily reflects on mannerisms she loves about her dad–his love of hummingbirds, the way he pronounces “windows,” etc., but she also admits they are “still just getting to know each other.” Can you relate to spending time with a close relative you feel you barely know? How does it feel? If you cannot relate, how do you think it might feel?
  1. In Seed Savers-Keeper, Lily hears the story of the hummingbird. What is the story of the hummingbird and how does Lily relate this to her father?
  1. Why does Trinia Nelson place Lily’s friend Rose with a wealthy couple and enroll her in youth FRND classes? Did you think the plan would work? Why or why not? 
  1. While living in Whisper Creek Village, Lily experiences two cultures different than her own and learns new customs and also new skills. Have you had the opportunity to learn from other cultures?
  1. Jason tells Clare, “There’s an entire generation still alive who remembers how it was before. They remember when Monitor access was open and free. Think of it, Clare, the ability to ask any question that pops into your head. Access to talk to people around the world.” You are that generation. Have you ever thought what it would be like to lose the freedom of social media?
  1. The second half of Lily’s story in Seed Savers-Keeper takes place in Portland, Oregon. Do you know much about Portland? Where and why is Seed Savers Headquarters in Portland?
  1. Lily learns from Arturo that some states have recently passed laws legalizing home gardening though it is still illegal at the federal level. Can you think of any real life examples like this? 
  1. Are there any characters in Seed Savers-Keeper that you really dislike? Don’t trust? Want to know more about?
  1.  James Gardener worries about the hackers leaking information and riling people up. He feels the best way to change things is by voting and legislative power. Discuss these two viewpoints.
  1. In a future where the media is controlled and regulated, Jason and Monroe manage to hack into the system and show the viewing public that demonstrations are happening all across the country. What effect will this have? 
  1. Was there anything at the ending of Keeper that surprised you?

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

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