Readers’ Guides

  1. Who did you identify with more, Sadie or Ella? Why?
  2. Why do you think Sadie and Ella were drawn to one another so
  3. What parallels can you draw between Sadie’s and Ella’s lives and the very unique time we are living in today?
  4. Sadie and Ella were both shaken from their lives from the war and thrust into new experiences that changed and challenged them. Can you describe a similar time in your own life?
  5. Do you agree with Sadie’s choices? Ella’s? Why or why not? What, if anything, would you have done differently?
  6. Were you surprised by the end of the book? Satisfied? Or did you wish it had turned out differently?
  7. What are some of the key themes of the book?
  8. Describe some of the family dynamics of the story.
  9. The sewer was a very unique setting. What was your reaction to it?
  10. Isolation and connection were among the key themes of this book. Discuss how they affected the story.
  11. Did you learn anything new about history that surprised you from this book?