Reader's Guide for The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
- What is Rachel's central dilemma?
- What prevented Nella from returning to her family in Denmark?
- Why does Brick become fascinated with Rachel? What does he ultimately hope for his relationship with her?
- How do you make sense of Roger's absence from his daughter's life?
- Why does Rachel develop such a strong bond with Aunt Loretta?
- Grandma is a church-going woman. But what is most important to her about her religion? What does she want Rachel to value about religion?
- What does Rachel make of being told she's beautiful?
- "Grandma's dreams come from hearing about Up North when she was growing up in Texas on a farm, on a road that had no name. Grandma's dream is bigger than her life. I guess at Mor's dreams; having a husband, a family, love. That's the way I would list them. But then I think about it again—her dream maybe was feeling the way she felt with Doug—the way she would smile easy; she would laugh easy; she would play. At least at first. Then the sky in her dream got low too." How would you describe Grandma's dreams? Nella's? Rachel's?
- If Rachel had a theme song, what would it be?
- What difference, if any, does it make knowing that the book is inspired by a real event?
- Do you think that in the age of Obama, biracial/bicultural people will continue to experience the same kinds of stereotypes and stigma that Rachel did?
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