Resources for Book Clubs, Educators, and Readers

To kick off your conversation about Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters with your book club, classroom, friends, or family members, here is some food for thought. I’d love to hear what you, your book club members, and students think so please reach out!

I also love to visit groups and classrooms, in-person and virtually via Google Hangout and Skype. If you’d like me to visit with your group or classroom, please let me know!


  • What do you think are the main themes of the book?
  • How do the themes relate to one another, and what implications do they have in the real world?
  • What role does art play in the book?
  • What social issues raised in the book also play out in our society today? Did the book make you think differently or more deeply about any social issues, and if so, how?
  • What role do you think books serve in our society?


  • How does the setting in New York City impact the story? Could the story have easily taken place in another location?
  • Here is a link to a map of New York City: Can you locate all of the different landmarks used in the book?


  • How do you think Emerson’s life would have been different if her mother had survived?
  • Imagine that there are cut scenes that the author or editor chose to delete from the book. If you could add in a cut scene to the book, what would it be? Where would it take place? Who would be in the scene? What would happen?
  • This book is the first in a series. Where do you think Emerson’s story will take her next?
  • Science and technology play a considerable role in the book. What role, if any, do science and technology have in your life?


  • Who is your favorite character in the book, and what do you like most about that character?
  • Who is your least favorite character in the book, and what do you like least about that character?
  • Several of the characters undergo considerable change through the story. Which character do you feel changed the most, and how would you describe how they changed? Which character do you think changed the least?
  • Friday, Emerson’s dog, plays an important role in the story, not only for Emerson but for other characters as well. How would you describe Friday’s role in the book, and what are his key attributes?
  • Which character do you relate to the most and why?
  • Which character is hardest for you to relate to, and why?