Discussion Questions: Children of Refuge

Children of RefugeDiscussion Questions for Children of Refuge:


  1. What do you think of Mr. Watanaboneset? Edwy feels that his father wants to rule him? Do you think this impression is correct?


  1. Edwy is being sent to boarding school – immediately. Why do you think his father does this?


  1. Edwy learns that he has an older brother (Enu) and sister (Kiandra), which raises more questions. One big question is why weren’t they taken by the Freds, too?


  1. What do you think of Udans? Is he just Mr. Watanaboneset’s lackey or is he something more?


  1. How is Refuge City different from Cursed Town? How is it the same?


  1. What is your first impression of Enu and Kiandra?


  1. Words that he learned in Fredtown keep coming back to Edwy. “You need to take a little time to ponder your words and actions more carefully…” (pg. 65). Once Edwy would have rebelled against such advice. Why do you think he keeps remembering it now?


  1. What do you think about Enu and Kiandra’s attitudes toward their parents? And what might their feelings toward Edwy be?


  1. What do you think of the values of the Watanaboneset family members? (father, Enu, Kiandra) Edwy, even though he always cheated and lied in Fredtown, now questions why others would cheer when someone cheats (see pg. 93).


  1. Enu tells Edwy, “The past has nothing to do with us.” Enu also says, “Why think about unpleasant you can’t do anything about?” What do you think about these two statements? Are they true? Should we ignore the past and anything unpleasant?


  1. Adults have always hidden information from Edwy and Rosi. Reread the list given on page 127. Do you think this list is complete?


  1. Edwy searches for other children raised by Freds who might be willing to help in his search for Rosi. Do you think they would be the only ones willing to help him?


  1. Edwy – with help from many others – comes up with a daring plan to rescue Rosi, Bobo and Cana. Do you think the plan can succeed?


  1. What do you think is next for Edwy and Rosi?


  1. Final questions: Is it OK to do a bad thing for a good reason?

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