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The Secret of Platform 13
by Eva Ibbotson
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1.What similarities did you find between this book and the Harry Potter books?
2.What things were different?
3.What were the rules of magic in this book?
4.What kinds of fantastic creatures appeared in the book? Which did you like best? Which were the worst? Which ones have you read about in other books or mythology? Which ones were invented by the author?
5.What are some British words used in the book that you didn't know? Could you figure out what they meant?
6.This book was a quest fantasy because the characters had a specific mission or quest to complete. What was their quest? What are some other quest fantasies you have read?
7.What other books have you read that have a secret passage to another world in them?
8.What was your favorite character or scene and why?
9.What clues led you to figure out who Ben really was, and when did you figure it out?
10.What do you think happened to Raymond when he got back?
11.The author had kind of a dark sense of humor. What moments or things in the book did you think were humorous?
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