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Book Club: Something Strange and Deadly Final Week

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

Something Strange & Deadly Discussion Question #4

“‘Eleanor, you have a choice,’ [Jie] said softly. ‘You always have a choice’” (p. 166, Something Strange & Deadly)

How do you think this quote relates to the overall theme of Something Strange and Deadly? Do you think Eleanor behaves as if she has a choice at the start of the book? What about at the end of the book? And do other characters behave as if they have a choice or do some see themselves as victims of circumstance?

I don’t think that Eleanor believes that she has a choice in the very beginning of the book. She is focused on trying to find her brother. She acts like she has to do it and in reality she does, she just doesn’t believe it. Eleanor can either go about trying to save her brother or she can go back to her mother and be the proper young lady that prepares herself to marry and be a proper wife one day. Eleanor is better than that. She doesn’t need to conform and be what her mother wants especially when she finds out that she can be anything that she wants too.

Eleanor learns that she can be who she is. She finds out that she is a very capable person. She isn’t going to abandon her mother or even the life that she knows. Eleanor changed a lot, she may follow through with what her mother wants for her but at least Eleanor realizes that she has options now. She realizes that she is able to make decisions for herself and she has many options in life, not just one.

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