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  • Writer's pictureB. E. Padgett

Book Discussion Guide: The Guardian of Whispers

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Today I am posting the book discussion guide for The Guardian of Whispers. As an adult to reads out loud to kids, I love book discussion guides.

When I was a kid, I loved reading books with my parents. I am sure many of us had a favorite that we asked our parents to read repeatedly. Mine was “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. While I loved hearing this book over and over again, I missed what I saw on television of a grown-up flipping open a large book and asking the child, “now where were we?”

I never read long chapter books with my parents. With five other siblings of varied ages, I realized that my parents didn’t always have the time or energy to do anything beyond picture books or short chapter books. Those hefty books that weighted the laps of the adults in the movies were not practical for my parents.

But as a teen, I loved the idea of reading a nice long chapter book out loud. I wanted someone else to share the story with and because I was an older sibling, I could help my parents out and read to my siblings myself. The Chronicles of Narnia was my youngest brother’s favorite.

Even now I still read out loud to others. I love hearing their thoughts about the story and what they think will happen next.

It’s so special to share stories with the kids in our lives. These moments can be even more special with age-appropriate book discussion guides. The purpose of discussion guides is to help parents have inspiring engagement and interesting conversations about the book with their kids.

You can check out the questions below or download a printable copy of the Book Discussion Guide for Parents/Guardian Read Along.

The Guardian of Whispers Book Discussion Guide

Chapters 1-3

  • Frank and Jon are part of a large family. How is their family similar to yours and how are they different?

  • Have you ever had a nightmare that scared you, but you didn’t tell anyone about it? How did you handle it?

Chapters 4-6

  • If you could have a special ability like Frank and Jon’s friends, what would you choose?

  • Frank and Jon had to leave their home, friends, and family to go to West Hills. Can you imagine what that was like? Have you ever gone through a big move like this?

Chapter 6-9

  • If you could only bring one thing to school with you, what would it be?

  • Frank met other telepaths at West Hills, but Jon only had one friend with his gift. How do you think this affected the boys’ experiences at school? How was West Hills different for Frank than Jon?

Chapter 10-15

  • McClery was grumpy and strict when he first started teaching Jon. Why do you think he treated Jon this way at the beginning?

  • Frank and Jon helped Mira when she was being bullied. How did Mira react, and how did it differ from Frank and Jon’s reaction? What would you have done in that situation?

Chapter 16-19

  • Have you or someone you know ever been falsely accused of something? If so, what did you do? If not, what would you do if this happened to you?

Chapter 20-26

  • After school, Jon felt different because of all the changes he had gone through. Have you ever felt like this or have you seen it happen to someone you know?

  • The Guardian of Whispers is told through two points of view, one is Frank’s and the other is Jon’s. How do you think the story would have been different if it was told through only one point of view? Why do you think the author decided to have both Frank and Jon’s point of view in the story?

To find more resources check out The Guardian of Whispers book page. For tips on reading out loud to children check out the New York’s Library’s 10 Tips for Reading Aloud with Children.


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