La Crosse Public Library’s
In the first chapter, Sal states, “…that beneath Phoebe’s story was another
one. Mine.” How
does Phoebe’s story help us understand Sal’s story? How
are their stories similar? How
are they different?
Sal loved her grandparents dearly and felt that they were very special. What
made them so special to her? How
did they help her understand her story throughout their trip?
When Sal’s class is asked to draw their souls in 15 seconds, Sal and Ben
draw identical pictures. Why
do you think each chooses the symbol of “a circle with a large maple leaf
in the center…” (130)? What
do Sal and Ben have in common that might cause them to see their souls
in similar ways?
What is Sal’s father’s relationship with Margaret Cadaver? What
is really Margaret’s story? Why
do you think Sal created another story for Margaret?
“In the course of a lifetime, there were some things that mattered” (260). What
does Sal think those things are? What
do you think they are?
Considering the title of the book, whose moccasins was Sal walking in? Why
was that important for Sal to do? How
did it help her understand her mother’s decision to leave?
Sal has a unique and meaningful name and there are other names in the story
that have meaning as well. How
are these names meaningful in this story?
Did you expect the story to end as it did? Why
or why not? Why do you think
the author created ambiguity around Sal’s missing mother?