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Book Club: Something Strange and Deadly - Week 1

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Something Strange and Deadly
By: Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 24th 2012

Discussion Week 1

Do you think, given the time period, Mrs. Fitt is justified in her demands on Eleanor? Why or why not?

During that time period, Mrs. Fitt’s demands would have been justified because that is how society was. Girls were expected to act a certain way and to also dress a certain way. Families always wanted their daughters to marry above them instead of below them. Based on the time period I believe Mrs. Fitt is justified. Mrs. Fitt was just doing her motherly duty like any other mom during that time period. She was trying to make a better life for her child.

My opinion on the situation though is completely different. I don’t care what time period people are born in, I don’t think anyone should be treated this way. Society should let girls be themselves. Eleanor should have been able to be herself instead of trying to become what society wants her to be. When it is your mother putting all of the pressure on you, it can make things extremely difficult. How are you supposed to respond to it? It is never okay to back talk your parents but back then it was worse punishment than it is now. It feels like Eleanor isn’t given a chance to be herself because her mother is so worried about society. I don’t believe it is right to put the entire family’s financial issues on Eleanor’s shoulders. She is the daughter not the mother or the father. That is a big weight for a teenager to carry around. My opinion is that I don’t believe it is justified of Mrs. Fitt’s to put all of that responsibility on Eleanor especially when she is spending money on frivolous things.

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