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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
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1.For a flip-chart kind of "running description" describe life/conditions in the mining camp.
2.What does Lucy hate about California? How have her opinions changed by the end of the book?
3.What do we know about Lucy's father? How would you describe him? What about Lucy's mother?
4.How do people in the camp deal with medical ailments? How effective are these remedies? How do they deal with death?
5.Talk about the various hardships the folks in camp had to contend with and how they dealt with them.
6.Why did Lucy change her name? How important are people's names? What would you change your name to if you could?
7.Where is Lucy's "home"? Has her view of "home" changed by the end of the book?
8.What are some of the colorful expressions Lucy uses? How do her words help make the story come alive?
9.Why were books so important to Lucy, and what did she do with them? (Lucy loved some of the exotic places in books without realizing that she was now living in an exciting place like those in the world of books.)
10.How does getting to know Lizzie and Bernard help change Lucy's views of her world? How did other people view them?
11.What parts of her life does Lucy have no control over, and what parts can she choose and make her own decisions about?
12.Were you surprised by anything that happened in the story?
13.Who was your favorite character and why?
14.Where would you have chosen to go at the end of the book?
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