What, in your opinion, are the key events of Animal Dreams? Post the events, in chronological order, below:

1 Hallie Kidnapped

2 Codi's miscarriage and Doc following her to the creek

3 When Codi gets the INTENSE letter from Hallie

4 Lloyd giving up cock fighting for Codi

5 Codi figuring out her family backround


~Emily Olivia and Lexi~
1. Codi returns to Grace
2. Codi starts teaching
3. Codi starts dating Lloyd again
4. Hallie dies
5. Codi learns the family secret and she returns to Grace

Melissa and Ivanna
5 Important Key Events in American Dreams
1. When she finds out that her father is sick and she is planning on going back home to be there for him and make sure that he is okay.
2. When Codi returns to her hometown of Grace to become a biology teacher.
3. Getting togther with Lloyd and miscarrying his baby.
4. Recovering from the experience of having a baby at a really young age and that makes her remember memories from her past.
5. Finding out that her sister was captured and murdered and her reaction from that experience.

Lili and Tim

5 Main events


1. Codi returns to Grace
2. Codi starts teaching
3. Codi starts dating Lloyd again
4. Hallie dies
5. Codi learns the family secret and she returns to Grace


Post your sample discussion questions below and please leave your responses here, too:


3 Questions from Animal Dreams
1.) How come Codi feels so distant from her father?
2.) In Animal Dreams, the story began with Cosmima and Hallie going to the cemetery to celebrate the day of the dead with Viola. The story also ends with the celebration of the Day of the Dead, but in this case, a different situation. What does the Day of the Dead symbolize?
3.) Was it difficult for her to be so far from her sister? If you were in Codi’s position what would you do?

1. Why does Codi have such LOW self-esteem? And how does she overcome it by the end of the book?
2. Why does Codi think every man she loves, love Hallie more? or does she just happen to believe that?
3. Why does Codi runaway or hide from her problems?

~Emily Lexi and Olivia~
4. Why didn't Codi tell her dad about the baby?
5. What made Codi remember more from her past?
6. Why didn't Doc Homer let Codi help him when he was sick?

-From Mr. Neal-
1. Why did Barbara Kingsolver break up the narration of the tale, telling some chapters from Homero’s voice and some from Cosima’s? What result does that choice have on the progression of the story?

2. Address the symbolism in Doc Homer’s photographs of things that appear to be something else. What does his hobby reflect about his character?

3. Consider the impact of Hallie’s death. How would the story have changed if Hallie lived? How did her death alter the path of Codi’s life?

4. What attracts Loyd and Codi to each other? How are their lives parallel? Where do they differ significantly? How does each of them complement the other?

5. Please trace the theme of “home” in this story. What does “home” mean to Codi, to Loyd, to Hallie, to Doc Homer? Where do each of them feel at home, feel they belong? Why?