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YA Book Club: 2012 Ashfall

YA Book Club

November 2012

Metaphorically Resonant, but Delicious Menu

  • Cornbread muffins
  • Snickers 
  • "Snow-covered corn" (almond bark/chocolate covered puffcorn)


Discussion Questions

Ice breaker questions

  • Any survival skills you have that might prove useful?
  • What is the one scene that spoke to you the most?
  • What was your take away lesson?
  • If forced, could you become a cannibal?
Discussion Questions
  • How do you think Alex reconciles his need to survive with his need to retain his humanity?
  • How does Alex’s reaction to other people change as the book progresses?
  • Let’s talk about the rabbit. What do you think it symbolized? To Darla? To Alex?
  • When Alex gives away food to the family Darla says “It was dumb, not wrong.” Do you agree? What would you have done?
  • Is the government response i.e. FEMA, a good solution? For Darla/Alex? For the other refugees? For the rest of the US? Who does it benefit?
  • Which situation do you think is best for Darla and Alex in the long run?

Ashen Winter--Book 2

Sunrise--Book 3