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A Discussion Guide


General themes: Prejudice, Family

Questions for Discussion

• What are some examples of prejudice in the story? Why do you think the author chooses to include them?

• The adults in the story claim that they have the orphans' best interests in mind. When is this true? When is it not true?

• How is Rodzina's ethnicity important to her? How does she let other people know this?

• What emotions does Rodzina keep to herself? Why?

• Rodzina doesn't always follow the rules. Do you think she is justified in doing this? In what instances does this behavior help her to survive?

• Why do you think people say Lacey is "slow"? Do you agree? What examples support your opinion?

• Despite their differences, how are Rodzina and Miss Doctor alike? Do you think they will be able to get along in the future?

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