Randi is happy to meet with book clubs by phone. If you would like Randi to visit your book club, please send her an email. If you live in the Raleigh-Durham area, it may be possible for Randi to meet with your book club in person. Randi is also available to speak to larger groups, including both professionals and parents.
Questions for Book Club Discussion
1.The book opens with Chase’s description of a dragon that comes into a peaceful valley. Why do you think the author chose to include this piece?
author fears that she has turned her son into a “boy made up of lists and
issues” instead of recognizing who he really is. What qualities does Chase
have that make you sympathetic to him? How is he similar to other teen age
the book, the author often describes Haley as “small.” How does Haley grow
throughout the book? How does she respond to the events that surround her?
Why do you think the author included so much of Haley’s story when she
wrote about Chase?
is information about the author’s past so important to the story of
Chase’s breakdown? How does knowing the family history inform your
understanding of the choices that Randi Davenport made?
author is interested in how we tend to see mental illness as a failure of
the individual. What examples of this does she provide? Why do you think
we still stigmatize these diseases? How have you seen these “qualities of
a doomed soul” (p. 1) that we
attribute to mental illness in people you have known?
6. The author comes to understand that the things Chase describes are real to him, if not to the world. How would you have responded to the events of the night Chase saw The Executioner?7. Imagine that you get up one morning, leave your house for work or school, and never come home again. Instead, you find yourself in a confusing world filled with strangers and terrifying images. How do you think you would react to this? How does Chase react to this? How does his mother react?