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by Jane Yolen
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1.What is a foil? What did you learn about fencing in this book?
2.Why does Aliera’s mom go to tag sales? What did she find for Aliera there?
3.Aliera talks directly to the reader—do you like this writing style? Why or why not?
4.Why do you think Aliera doesn’t fit in with any of the cliques at her school?
5.Aliera thinks Avery is creepy—do you? Why or why not?
6.What does it mean to be color blind?
7.Why is most of the novel done in black and white and shades of grey?
8.What does Aliera do on Saturdays?
9.Who is Aliera’s alter ego? How do the role-playing games Aliera and Caroline play take a part in the story?
10.What is so special about the fencing foil with the “fake” ruby glued to the hilt?
11.Why do you think Aliera’s upcoming date with Avery threw off her fencing so badly?
12.Do you ever people-watch? What is so interesting about watching people going about their everyday lives?
13.Why was the woman in the coin headdress at Grand Central Station surprised when Aliera acknowledged her?
14.What happened when Aliera put on her fencing mask in Grand Central Station? How did the artwork change? Why?
15.Why does the woman in red know Aliera as the Defender Xenda?
16.Why did Avery freak out when Aliera put her fencing mask on his head?
17.What does it mean to Aliera to be the Defender?
18.Why can’t any of the other creatures, including Avery, touch Aliera’s weapon?
19.What is Avery, really? Why was he sent to find Aliera?
20.What did Aliera learn about being the hero. What did the Queen of the Seelie Court tell her about herself, and about Avery?
21.What is the difference between rules of blood and rules of law?
22.What will happen next?
23.Did you like reading this graphic novel? Why or why not?
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