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Readers’ Guide to A Ship of Pearl



Do you like a reader’s guide as you go through a novel?  Or for your book club?

Here are a few questions to consider as you read A Ship of Pearl:

I made a new friend through a book club appearance!
  • Which character do you find most interesting? Why?
  • Which character surprised you?
  • Were there any characters you could identify with?
  • What do you think Mrs. Bidrall was like outside of the classroom?
  • Eldie, Ephraim, and Dallas seemed more innocent than today’s youth. Did they really live in a simpler time?
  • Why did Ellie love and hate Ephraim?
  • Why do you think the author wrote the novel from Eldie’s point of view?
  • Who would you like to know more about?
  • What significance does the title have to the story?
  • Ronne Hartfield compares the author to an artist.  Do you agree?
  • Has the novel broadened your perspective or provided any insights?
  • Was the ending satisfying?
  • If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?


I love book clubs.  Here’s some of the reasons why?

A cool group of readers on a hot summer night.

 I read books I might not otherwise read.


 I gain insight into books I read by listening to other opinions.


 I make new friends.


My writing improves when I listen to readers.



I’m happy to attend your book club, either in-person, or perhaps virtually.  Please fill out the form below to arrange a date.




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