Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester. U.S. edition: Houghton Mifflin, 2013.
1. There are lots of types of illustrations in this book. Why do you think the author/illustrator decided to use so many different types of illustrations? How do you think these different styles of illustrations help you understand the things Sophie describes?
2. Who are some of the people who work on the Aurora Australis and what are their roles? What about the people at Mawson Station?
3. Sophie is a child making this trip for the first time. How do you think that that makes a difference in what she describes? How do you think the story might be told differently if her dad was telling it?
Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Atheneum, 2012.
1. People in the town have formed opinions of Charles Larue without getting to know him. What do the kids in the town think of Charles Larue? What is Charles Larue really like? Charles Larue changes throughout the story. What is he like in the beginning of the story? How is he different at the end of the story?
2. This book tells the story of three characters, Buddy, Charles Larue, and Mark. How do these three different perspectives help you to understand the characters and their actions?
3. The author wrote this book as a story in verse. Do you think this format, using poetry to tell the story, adds to or distracts from the story? Why?