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Dear Pen Pal

Dear Pen Pal

For Ages: 9 - 12
  • reading group guide
For the mother-daughter book club, everything changes in eighth grade.

Could the book club break up? When Jess is offered an anonymous scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, she's not sure that leaving home -- and her friends -- is what she wants to do. Meanwhile Megan's grandmother comes for a long visit and turns everything in the Wong household upside down; Emma crusades against her middle school's new uniforms; and Cassidy fi nds out there's a big change ahead for her family.

Inspired by Jess's unexpected opportunity, the book club decides to read Jean Webster's classic Daddy-Long-Legs, and there's an added twist this year when they become pen pals with the girls in a book club in Wyoming. There's plenty to write to their new friends about, from a prank-filled slumber party to a not-so-secret puppy -- and even a surprise fi rst kiss.

In this third book in the beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the girls learn that as long as they have one another -- and a good book -- they're ready for whatever eighth grade has in store!
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416974307 | 
  • September 2009 | 
  • Grades 4 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 850
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Dear Pen Pal
Jess

“When you get accustomed to people or places or ways of living, and then have them suddenly snatched away, it does leave an awfully empty, gnawing sort of sensation.”

—Daddy-Long-Legs

Dear Miss Delaney . . .

“What’s this?” I ask, picking up the letter that’s lying in the middle of my plate and scooching my... see more

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

Dear Pen Pal
Book 3 in The Mother-Daughter Book Club series
by Heather Vogel Frederick


Discussion Questions

1. Which character has changed the most since the first Mother-Daughter Book Club and its successor Much Ado About Anne? Why?

2. Who is your favorite character in Dear Pen Pal? Has your favorite character been the same in all three books? Why or why not?

3. Have you ever read Daddy-Long-Legs, Dear Enemy, or Just Patty by Jean Webster? If you have, did you like them? If not, are you now interested in reading them?

4. Do you know anyone who goes to boarding school? Do you think you would like it, or would you hate to be away from your friends and family like Jess does?

5. In this book, similar to Daddy-Long-Legs, all of the girls get pen pals. Have you ever had a pen pal? What did you write to them about? Did you write snail mail letters, or send e-mails? Have you had the chance to meet your pen pal in person?

6. Emma is terrified of speaking in public. What fears would you like to conquer?

7. Savannah volunteers at the local animal shelter. Do you, or does anyone you know, volunteer? What organizations would you be interested in helping?

8. Megan feels like she is stuck in the middle with her mother and grandmother. Have you ever felt like you we see more

About the Author

Heather Vogel Frederick
Steve Fredericks

Heather Vogel Frederick

Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, as well as the highly acclaimed The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed, The Education of Patience Goodspeed, and the Spy Mice series. She resides with her family in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at HeatherVogelFrederick.com.

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