Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question Reading Group Guide

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This Reading Group Guide for Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question provides readers with a group of discussion questions and extension activities that lend insight into both the structure, plot, and characters in the book while also fomenting key social-emotional skills and concepts like inquisitiveness, coping with grief and loss, multiculturalism, persistence, and empathy for others. Many of the discussion questions are appropriate for use as writing prompts or journal activities.
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Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question
Martha Freeman

A rich girl from New York City, Effie Starr Zook isn’t afraid of much. When her parents go on a dangerous round-the-world adventure in a solar airplane, she’s packed off to her aunt and uncle’s farm for the summer. Expecting boredom, she runs smack dab into a family secret. Why does the neighbor kid want to avoid her? What are her aunt and uncle so worried about? And what does “bad blood” mean, anyway? Effie’s got a brand-new bicycle, time on her hands, and an unlimited capacity for asking questions. With these, she sets out to uncover whatever it is the grownups are hiding. Along the way, she’ll contend with crackpot politics, serve coffee in a bookstore café, and learn more than she bargained for about her famous great-grandfather, the inventor of the barf bag. Fast-paced and funny, this is a story about having the courage to find out who you really are. Look out, world—when Effie Starr Zook has questions, she won’t take no for an answer!

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