This reading group guide for Never Wave Goodbye includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Doug Magee. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Introduction
When Lena Pyle helps her daughter Sarah onto a bus for summer camp, she is thankful for her daughter’s independent nature—and for the chance to spend two weeks alone with her distant husband. But when a second bus arrives to pick Sarah up, a horrified Lena learns that the first was part of an efficiently orchestrated ransom plot. Sarah and three other neighborhood children have been kidnapped and ferried away to a cabin deep in the Adirondacks.
As the four sets of parents argue with each other and the FBI over the best course of action, the kids are left alone in the wilderness; and in the end, both groups are ultimately fighting for their survival. Author Doug Magee, with the help of an emotionally convincing cast, explores what exactly makes a family—and what can derail one completely. Questions for Discussion
1. Which family do you think reacted most appropriately to the kidnappings? The Pyles, with their level headed despair? The Walkers, with their business and f