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Cuss or Grape Thief
by Kristine Franklin
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1.Did you like this book? Why or why not?
 
2.This book takes place in 1925. How has life in the United States changed since then? Would you like to live like the children in this book?
 
3.This book was originally titled Cuss by the author, but the US publishers released it as Grape Thief. Now, its been re-packaged as Cuss by the US publishers. What do you think about this? Why do you think these decisions were made?
 
4.Do you think you have more or less control over your future than Cuss does?
 
5.How do the families in this book cope with the poverty in Roslyn?
 
6.What do you think about the roles of men versus women in this book? If Cuss was a girl, do you think he would have a different life?
 
7.Would you have made the same decisions Cuss made? Why or why not?
 
8.Why do you think Cuss decided to jump off the train and come back? Would you have come back, or kept going?
 
9.What do you think about the ending to the book? Did it turn out the way you expected?
 
10.The kids in Roslyn come from all sorts of cultural backgrounds. How do they relate to each other?
 
Author Website:
http://www.kristinefranklin.com/
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