Discussing Hidden Meanings 

Frequently in this book, characters say things with hidden meanings. One such thing was spoken by Sybil:

  • “It’s not my death I fear,” said Sybil, “but my life. . .”(Ch 3:9)

Avi’s central theme is clearly stated in the proverb at the beginning: “A life unlived is like a book without words.”

  1. Post an answer to this question: What does Sybil mean by what she says in the above statement? Describe how Sybil’s attitude toward life changes throughout the book.
  2. Pick another quote from the book that you believe has a hidden meaning. Give us the quote, and explain what you believe is truly meant by it.
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