Reading Group Guide to Ghoulish Song
By William Alexander About the Book
The last day of Kaile's life does not start well.
It's Inspection Day at the family bakery, and between her mother's temper, her little brother's antics, and her job serving breakfast to the demanding citizens of Zombay, she could use a break. Then a goblin theatre troupe offers to put on a play for the customers. Kaile treasures the gift they give her—an innocuous little flute made of bone—and plays its haunting song without hesitation. That's when her life officially ends, and her adventures begin.
Set alongside the National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets, Ghoulish Song
weaves a story of music and mystery through the charmed, cursed world of Zombay. Discussion Questions
Please use examples from the text to support your answers.
1. Foreshadowing is a literary device in which the author hints what may happen later in the story. How does the first line of the novel foreshadow what may happen later on in the plot? What do you think the novel might be about?
2. What was Kaile’s relationship with her grandfather like? What instrument did her grandfather give Kaile and what did she do with it? What eventually became of the instrument?
3. Although Ghoulish Song
is not a sequel to Goblin Secrets,
both novels a