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does Guidry want the readers to know or
understand at the end of her book?
Guidry do a good job of writing from the
perspective of a ten-year-old girl in
Southern rural Louisiana in the 1950s?
is more powerful to the people of Ville
d’Angelle, religion or race?
does Hazey feel it is permissible for the
Sisters to teach her children, but it is
not acceptable for her daughter to be
friends with an African-American child?
Hazey and Aussie’s friendship with that
of Mavis and Marydale. How do both
does the presence of Tante Yvette’s
butterfly glass tell you about her?
about the “Change of Life” babies in
the story. Can the reader draw parallels
between these two events, the arrival of
the Sisters and Tante Deacy’s baby? How
are Marydale, Willie and Angelina
Christine special? What kind of changes
do they promote?
do you think Hazey speaks “with an
edge” to Aussie after Mavis, Vivien
Leigh and Marydale have come home from
school? What concerns Hazey about Holy
Rosary and Sacred Heart Schools?
Floyd says “turkey cooked with colored
hands can’t help but bring bad luck,”
Hazey gives him a disgusted look. What
does this say about Hazey, who has just
purchased a separate set of dishes for
Aussie and Marydale?
Why do you think she bought the
about the relationship and trouble
between Deacy and Everett. Who do you
think is in the right, Deacy or Everett?
Do you think they love each other?
Explain Everett’s behavior and longing
to leave Ville d’Angelle. Talk about
Hazey and Floyd’s perceptions of the
situation between Deacy and Everett.
about the bet between Hazey and Floyd.
What is Floyd trying to accomplish with
such a bet? Why does Hazey take it? Why
do they draw Vivien Leigh into it? What
do you think of Vivien Leigh’s response
at being told to hold the money? How does
Vivien Leigh feel about the bet at the
end of the school year?
is the significance of outsiders
committing the violent acts at Holy
Rosary School? How does Ville d’Angelle
feel about this?
What does the town lose when the
school burns down?
Who are the greatest victims? Who
do you think will ride out this situation
do you think Floyd changes his mind about
letting Aussie go after the fire?
is a recurring motif of “angels” in
this book. The town is named Ville
d’Angelle (Angel Village).
When it rains someone says, “An
angel’s crying.” Deacy’s baby is
named Angelina Christine. Who are the
angels in this book? Why would the author
choose angels as a recurring theme?
from questions compiled by Kaite Mediatore,
Readers’ Services Librarian at the Main
Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas Public