“I am happy to award Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case a full 5 out of 5 stars.” — My Bookish Bliss
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Book Club Discussion Questions
- What did you like best about this book?
- Do you want to read another book about Sparky and her adventures? Why or why not?
- What do you think will happen to the characters next?
- Which character would you most want to hang out with and why?
- Which character would you most NOT want to hang out with and why?
- What did you learn about 1930s Los Angeles that you didn’t know before?
- What 1930s slang words did you learn from reading this book? Which is your favorite new word?
- If you wrote fan fiction about this book, what would your story be about?
- What other mysteries did SPARKY OF BUNKER HILL AND THE COLD KID CASE remind you of?
- If Los Angeles’ old Bunker Hill still existed, would you want to live there? Why?
- What is your favorite part of Tootsie’s Creepy House? Why?
- Would you rather live in Onion Girl’s Hollywood Hills house, or Tootsie’s Bunker Hill house? Why?
- Do you see yourself as a character in Sparky’s world? If so, what would you do?
- Do any of the characters remind you of people you know?
- How did Sparky’s family background make you feel?
- Did you figure out who the killer was before the end?
- If you were in charge of making a movie about the book, what would you change?
- Do you have a favorite library or place to study like Bobby?
- What was your favorite animal character?
- What was your favorite part of SPARKY OF BUNKER HILL AND THE COLD KID CASE?
Short Summary for Librarians and Bookstores (29 words)
It’s 1930s Los Angeles, and 11-year-old Sparky is a girl on the run, framed for murder in this humorous noir mystery that’s fun for middle-grade, YA, and adult readers.
Here’s a guest post I wrote on author da-Al’s blog about a character in “Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case,” which isn’t a person at all, but LA’s funky Angels Flight funicular railway. (May 13, 2019)
Photo of Angels Flight – Photo credit: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/23044083 and https://angelsflight.org