East

By: 

Edith Pattou

Number of Pages: 

494

Minimum grade level: 

5th

Rose has been living a lie, although she didn't know it for a long time. Her superstitious mother had been told that her North-born child would die under ice and snow. Her parents thought they were protecting her when they told her she was East-born. But lies get found out, and when Rose discovers she's North-born, she's glad to leave with the white bear (in exchange for saving her ailing sister) because living with a white bear can't be as bad as living with liars. But Rose makes a mistake that will send her "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" to right a wrong and fulfill her destiny as a North-born child. It's a unique telling of Beauty and the Beast set in the cold and icy country of Norway, a country with a strong tradition of troll stories. Oh! Did I forget to mention the Troll Queen? Read East by Edith Pattou.

Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. When you started this book did you think you were reading Beauty and the Beast?
  2. What did you think of Rose's mother and all her superstitions? Do you have any superstitions?
  3. What did you think of the story being told by four people? Was it harder to follow? Was it more interesting? What other voices would you have liked to hear? What do you think the bear would have said?
  4. Rose was very angry when she found out about the lie her parents had told about her. How would you feel if it had been you?
  5. What was the most unique part of the book for you?
  6. Rose made a mistake and needed to correct it. It led her on a great and terrible journey. How far would you have traveled? When would you have given up?
  7. When Rose returned home, she chose not to live in the castle. What would you have chosen and why?

If you liked this book try

  • Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Just Ella by Margaret P. Haddix
  • Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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