Below are Book Club Guides for OKATIBBEE CREEK, AN ORPHAN’S HEART, and ELLY HAYS. Please feel free to copy them for use in your book club. If you would like to order a number of ebooks or paperbacks of any of the above books for your book club, please email LoriCraneAuthor@gmail.com for a special book club price.

 

okatibbee creek cover front JPEGBOOK CLUB GUIDE FOR “OKATIBBEE CREEK”

General discussion questions:

1. Which character did you like the most and why?

2. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?

3. What emotion(s) did the story evoke in you?

4. At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not?

5. If you would change something in the story, what would it be and why?

 

Characters:

1. Would Mary Ann have had the same outlook on life if her brothers wouldn’t have died when she was young?

2. Was it shocking that Mary Ann and William married since they were sister-in-law/brother-in-law, or was it the logical thing to do? What did their children think of it?

3. Was the close relationship between Mary Ann and the slave Birdie scandalous at the time, or was it common for people to care about their slaves?

4. Do you think Mary Ann was an unusually strong person or just a woman who did the best she could?

5. By the end of the book, Mary Ann seems to admire her father more than her mother. What role did her mother play in her life?

6. Do you feel your views on the south, slavery, or the Civil War have changed since reading this story?

7. Mary Ann was quite upset and disheartened at the close of the Civil War. Where the feelings in character for her? Did other Southerners share those feelings?

8. What is the role of religion in Mary Ann’s world?

 

Writing Style:

1. Why do you think the author told this story in first person? Why did the author change the point of view when writing the chapter about Rice dying in battle? What did we gain from seeing Rice die in first person?

2. Was the ending satisfying? Was it happy? Would you have changed it?

3. If you could ask the author a question about a character or a part of the story, what would you ask?

4. What was the author’s motivation for writing this book?

5. What passage or theme stood out to you?

6. Who or what was the antagonist in this story?

 

 

elly-cover_web-187x300BOOK CLUB GUIDE FOR “ELLY HAYS”

General discussion questions:

1. Which character did you like the most and why?

2. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?

3. What emotion(s) did the story evoke in you?

4. At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not?

5. If you would change something in the story, what would it be and why?

 

Characters: 

1. Elly and Tafv’s (pronounced TAH-fuh) goals are different, but how are they similar?

2. Did you think the Indian’s actions were enough to run the family off the land? Do you think James did enough to stop the terror?

3. Was the severity of the Indian’s plight recognized by the Great Chief?

4. Elly obviously loved her children, but was she negligent in keeping them in Creek territory for so long?

5. Do you think Elly’s family and Tafv’s tribe could have ever coexisted in peace?

6. Which one (Elly or Tafv) had the right to the land?

7. What would eventually happen between Elly and Tafv if Elly didn’t leave when she did?

8. What fate do each of them deserve?

 

Writing Style:

1. Why do you think the author wrote the story with the view point shifting back and forth between Elly and Tafv?

2. Was the ending satisfying? Would you have changed it?

3. If you could ask the author a question about a character or a part of the story, what would you ask?

4. What was the author’s motivation for writing this book?

5. What passage or theme stood out to you?

6. Who or what was the antagonist in this story?

 

Orphans-Cover-187x300BOOK CLUB GUIDE FOR “AN ORPHAN’S HEART”

General discussion questions:

1. Which character did you like the most and why?

2. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?

3. What emotion(s) did the story evoke in you?

4. At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not?

5. If you would change something in the story, what would it be and why?

 

Characters: 

1. Was Ellen’s aunt Lucinda a spiteful woman on purpose or was she just strict and outspoken because of the way she was raised?

2. Why was Uncle George so cold to Ellen after Aunt Elizabeth’s death?

3. Why was Uncle Hays reluctant to send Ellen back to Mississippi?

4. Should Ellen have pursued a relationship with Luke from the wagon train?

5. What was the chemistry between Ellen and Sam?

6. What was the role of children in Ellen’s world?

7. How was Ellen’s relationship with her siblings different between childhood and adulthood?

 

Writing Style:

1. Why do you think the author told this story in first person? What did we gain from seeing Ellen die in first person?

2. Was the ending satisfying? Would you have changed it? Why did the author include the final chapter about Ellen’s daughter?

3. If you could ask the author a question about a character or a part of the story, what would you ask?

4. What was the author’s motivation for writing this book?

5. What passage or theme stood out to you?

6. Who or what was the antagonist in this story?

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