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Eli the Good by Silas House Discussion Guide

Eli the Good by Silas House Discussion Guide

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Eli the Good by Silas House Discussion Guide
Eli the Good by Silas House Discussion Guide

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Published by: Candlewick Press on Dec 08, 2010
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C A N D L E W I C K P R E S S D I S C U S S I O N G U I D E
Eli
the
Good
BY SILAS HOUSE
It’s the summer o 1976, and America is celebratingits two hundredth birthday with a bang. Butfreworks are nothing new at Eli’s house. Hisbeautiul mother and headstrong sister are fghtingpitched battles, his ather is wrestling with demonsrom the Vietnam War, and his rambling aunt hasfnally come home, looking or a place to ade away.In this tender and timeless novel by an acclaimedauthor, an unorgettable ten-year-old peels backhis amily’s secrets as he takes his frst steps towardmanhood.
HC: 978-0-7636-4341-6PB: 978-0-7636-5288-3E-book: 978-0-7636-5173-2
D I S C U S S I O N Q U E S T I O N S
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There are two Elis in this story: a ten-year-oldin 1976 and a grown-up narrator recalling thatpivotal summer. Why do you think the authorstructured his novel this way? Beyond their ages,how does each Eli dier rom the other?“The trees,” says Eli’s riend Edie, “they talk toyou i you listen hard enough” (page 11). Whatdoes Eli learn about himsel rom the trees?What does he learn about his ather?Reread the descriptions o the seven photographsthat Eli’s ather sends home rom Vietnam.What does each photo reveal about this man’scharacter and about his experiences in the war?Why are Josie’s ag pants so important to her?Why does her mother loathe them?What makes Eli and Edie kindred spirits? Whywon’t he admit that she’s his best riend? Howdoes he betray her on the Fourth o July? Howdoes she respond?Eli’s mother was never a soldier, but her sonbelieves that “she lived with Vietnam stampedacross her ace as much as our ather did” (page23). What does he mean by that?At the beginning o the summer, thinking abouthimsel and other children o Vietnam veterans,Eli muses, “We’re always caught betweendeending our athers and not understandingthem” (page 62). Does he eel the same way atthe end o the summer? What changes or him?
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