Use these discussion questions to guide your next meeting.
ABOUT THE BOOK
It is 1900. The story follows the fortunes of two orphan train riders, a black southern man the two
children rescue, and a young priest who has to find his own way into emotional adulthood. From the
first train as Annette and Jonathan cross the country to their adopters in Illinois farm country, to the
final eruption into riot, fire, and murder in a coal mining town, dramatic tension sustains through
alternating points of view. If you love psychological tension fused with plot action, this is the novel for
THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
How does Annette act like a ghost throughout the story?
How does Casper's life swirl around the colors of black and white?
What role do animals play in Jonathan's perception of life and what does he learn from them?