My daughter Catherine and I recently attended our book club meeting to talk about Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. It was a delightful book that got the approval even of the readers who don’t much care for fantasy. The concept of taking a known story like the fairy tale this is based on and creating a whole story-behind-the-story is very well done here.
Here are some of the discussion questions we touched on:
- How did Ani find the confidence to be the person she was supposed to be?
- Could she ever be a ruler like her mother?
- When did you start to think that Geric may not be a guard at the palace?
- How did Ani/Isi’s experience being a goose girl help her become more confident?
- If you had written this book, what would you have changed about any part of the plot?
Catherine and I enjoyed Goose Girl so much, we went to the library right away and picked up the sequel, Enna Burning. We like it a lot too, and we’re looking forward to picking up the third book, River Secrets.
It’s interesting reading the series, because one book doesn’t pick up where the one before left off. Instead they each build a new story based on a different main character, someone who may have been fairly minor in a different book.