Reading Guide for Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms

Every Bone a Prayer

by Ashley Blooms

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Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms
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  1. Misty's idea of inner names includes memories and sounds, things remembered and lost. What does that mean to you? Can you think of anything that would be a part of your name?
  2. Compare Misty's and William's home lives. How are they each coping with the challenges of their families? Do they understand each other?
  3. Misty thinks her family only notices her when she's sad or hurt. Have you ever felt like that? What did you do?
  4. Why do you think Misty decides to tell her mother about Penny kissing the green glass man? Was there another choice she could have made?
  5. Do you think that corporal punishment is ever justified for children? Besides the physical pain, what does Misty notice and remember about being whipped with the switch?
  6. How does the environment interact with Misty's emotions? Would that relationship still exist without her empathy? How might it be different?
  7. Throughout the book, Misty and Penny reach out to each other but always seem to miss. What prevents them from supporting or helping one another?
  8. Misty encounters several dangers when she takes off her skin. What are they, and how does she eventually overcome them?
  9. Caroline explains that she thought she could punish Earl and move on, but she might only get one of those things. What kind of justice do you think she gets in the end? Is it what she deserved?

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