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  • AR Level5.2
  • AR Quiz Number125530
  • AR Quiz Points11
  • AuthorLaurie Halse Anderson
  • Guided Reading LevelZ
  • Page Count336
  • ISBN101416905863
  • ISBN139781416905868
  • PublisherSimon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Year Published2010
  • Grade Level5 - 9
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectHistorical fiction (Children's/YA)
    Crime & mystery fiction (Children's/YA)
    Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
    Historical fiction (Children's/YA)
  • Lexile Level780
  • ImprintAtheneum Books for Young Readers

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Discussion Topics Describe the life of slaves in the American colonies in the 1700s. Discuss the difference between a servant and a slave. How did Miss Mary Finch''s view of slavery differ from that of most slave owners? Why does Mr. Robert accuse Isabel of lying when she tells him that she read Miss Mary''s will? Explain why Pastor Weeks thinks that teaching a slave to read only "leads to trouble." Mr. Robert collects Isabel and Ruth on the day of Miss Mary''s funeral. Why aren''t the girls allowed to take personal items with them? Explain the symbolism of the seeds that Isabel hides in her pocket. She plants the seeds, and one day finds that the plants have died. What do the dead plants represent? There is another plant metaphor in the novel. Explain what the mayor of New York means when he compares the rebels to vines. Role models may be found in real life and in stories. How are Isabel''s momma and Queen Esther, from the Bible, her role models for bravery? Discuss the connection between bravery, courage, and fear. What is Isabel''s first act of bravery? Discuss her most fearful moments. How is her bravery and courage fueled by her fears? How does she become bolder and braver as the novel develops? The American Revolution was about freedom and liberty. Mr. Lockton, a Loyalist, thinks that freedom and liberty has many meanings. Define freedom from his point of view. How might the Patriots define freedom and liberty? Isabel has lived her entire life in bondage, but dreams of freedom. What does freedom look like in Isabel''s mind? Discuss why Curzon thinks that Isabel will be a good spy. At what point does she accept his offer? Isabel feels betrayed by Curzon. How is Curzon betrayed by Colonel Regan? At what point does Isabel understand that Curzon''s dream of freedom is the same as hers? How does this realization help her forgive him? At the beginning of the novel, Isabel needs Curzon. How does he need her at the end of the novel? Isabel encounters a woman in the s

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