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Between the Lines

Between the Lines

For Ages: 12 and up
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The #1 New York Times bestseller filled with romance, adventure, and humor, from Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter.

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.
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  • EMILY BESTLER BOOKS/ATRIA/SIMON PULSE | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451635812 | 
  • June 2013 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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Behind the Scenes of BETWEEN THE LINES with Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult discusses BETWEEN THE LINES, her first YA collaboration with her daughter Samantha van Leer.

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OLIVER

JUST SO YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY SAY “ONCE UPON a time”… they’re lying.

It’s not once upon a time. It’s not even twice upon a time. It’s hundreds of times, over and over, every time someone opens up the pages of this dusty old book.

“Oliver,” my best friend says. “Checkmate.”

I follow Frump’s gaze and stare down at the chessboard, which isn’t really a chessboard at all. It’s just squares scratched onto the sand of Everafter Beach, and a bunch of accommodating fairies who don’t mind acting as pawns and bishops and... see more
Delilah

I’M WEIRD.

Everyone says so. I suppose it’s because while other fifteen-year-olds are talking about the best lip gloss and which movie star is hotter, I would rather be curled up with a book. Seriously—have you been to a high school lately? Why would anyone sane want to interact with Cro-Magnon hockey players, or run the gauntlet of mean girls who lounge against the lockers like the fashion police, passing judgment on my faded high-top sneakers and thrift-store sweaters? No thanks; I’d much rather pretend I’m somewhere else, and any time I open the pages of a book, that... see more

Reading Group Guide

Reading Group Guide to

Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Prereading Question:

If you could choose living in a predictable world, where you knew the outcome of every event, would you choose it, and why?

Discussion Questions:

Who is Prince Oliver and why is he unhappy? What is his character flaw and how does it impact his life and world?

Why does Prince Oliver set out to rescue Seraphima, and how does he compensate for his character flaw?

Are Prince Oliver and Seraphima a good match? Why or why not? How is she unlike Prince Oliver?

Why does Delilah read the fairy tale repeatedly? How is her world different from Prince Oliver’s?

How does the reader learn that Prince Oliver knows there is a world “beyond the fairy tale”? How does he first come to know about this outside world?

Why does Prince Oliver want out of the fairy tale? How does he get the attention of Delilah, and what is her initial response?

Delilah and Prince Oliver develop romantic feelings for each other. Why do you think they are attracted to one another? What commonalities draw them together? What differences?

Why does Prince Oliver attempt to remove the spider from the story? What happens when the spider enters Delilah’s world?

Identify the following fairy tale characters and explain how they are alike, or differ see more

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