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[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion on “One Came Home” by Amy Timberlake

Myra here.


Welcome GatheringReaders! It is that time of the month once again when my book club participants meet virtually for an online discussion about our Book of the Month this November: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake.


I managed to finish the book last night. I think it took me around three days to read the whole novel. It was quite fast-paced and I particularly enjoyed the voice of Georgie. Please feel free to just jump in and share your thoughts if you have read, or are currently reading the book, regardless of whether you’re in GatheringReaders or not. Do write your responses in the Comments Section.

  1. Which part are you in right now in the book? If you have finished reading the book, how long did it take you to finish it? How did you find it?
  2. Do you think of yourself as a feather or a leaf?
  3. Why did Georgie feel responsible for her sister’s ‘death/disappearance?’
  4. What were some of your initial speculations about Agatha in the first half of the book? Please make sure that you don’t post any spoilers here.
  5. Who was your favourite character in the novel?

That’s it, boys and girls! Make sure that you read our next book for 14 December 2014: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Your copies are already available at the Jurong West Public Library. I will try my best to post the discussion questions by then.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion on “One Came Home” by Amy Timberlake

  1. 1) i took about a week to finish it. I like the book. its so intense and full of mystery
    2) not really. i find it its kind of weird to imagine myself being a leaf or a feather
    3) she thought it was because she told mr olmestead about billy and her sister kissing without asking for her sisters permission caused her to run away from home
    4) I was very ready to believe she was dead
    5) mine favorite character was georgia. though she was quick to temper sometimes, she was a sharp shooter and non of her shots ever missed. that’s what i most admire about her


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