The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

Teen Book Club

The Other Side of Dark Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the first-person narration from both Katie and Law?
  2. Do you think Katie really sees ghosts or are they hallucinations?
  3. Do you like Katie?
  4. What do you think of George?
  5. Does the switch to Law feel abrupt?
  6. How are Law’s issues different from Katie’s?
  7. Does Pinebank sound interesting?
  8. What do you think of Shar and Darryl?
  9. Does Katie’s ability to draw the past seem interesting?
  10. Would you want to be able to draw the past?
  11. What do you think of Katie’s life with her stepdad who wasn’t her stepdad very long before her mom died?
  12. Do you think it is odd that Katie talks to her dead father?
  13. Law says, “Houses are stories.” Do you agree?
  14. What do you think of reparations?
  15. Why do you think Katie cries when Law figures out her secret?
  16. Does death seem to surround Katie?
  17. What do you think of Lucy Rosen?
  18. Would you climb into Pinebank if you were Katie?
  19. Is it neat the Katie can see the house like it was for George when they touch?
  20. Are you curious about the Perkins bequest?
  21. What do you think of Mrs. Perkins?
  22. Were you surprised Mrs. Perkins sent people to get the chest out of Pinebank?
  23. Can you understand why Law’s mother does not want him to see Katie?
  24. Is an obsession with slavery morbid?
  25. Were you surprised by the story of the Katey disaster?
  26. Do you believe that Katie died in Pinebank?
  27. Would it be comforting to have George with you as you are trapped in the secret room where he died?
  28. What do you think of the scene where Katie says the names of the dead?
  29. Does a station on the Underground Railroad make sense as penance?
  30. Should Law have disqualified himself for the Walker Prize?
  31. Was his presentation thought-provoking?
  32. Did you like the book?

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