Linger (Shiver, Book 2) (Hardcover)

By Maggie Stiefvater

Scholastic Press, 9780545123280, 368pp.

Publication Date: July 13, 2010

Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List

“This second book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is no less magical than the first, Shiver. Sam is trying to adjust to being a full-time human and the leader of the pack of winter wolves as an early spring thaw occurs. Some of the new members are having problems, and Grace seems to be suffering from the same sort of illness. The sense of a 'ticking clock' is prevalent in this book, and the cliffhanger ending will have readers baying at the moon, waiting for the next installment!”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
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Description

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.


About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.


Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. In Shiver, Grace’s parents seemed to like Sam. From the beginning of Linger, it seems like they don’t like him anymore. Why do you think their opinion of him changes? 
  2. How is Grace’s relationship with her parents different in Linger than it was in Shiver?
  3. Do you think Grace’s parents have a right to place restrictions on her after they have been absent for so much of Grace’s teenage years? 
  4. Do you think Grace was justified in breaking her parents’ rules by going to the studio with Sam? Why or why not? 
  5. Grace’s mother keeps telling Grace that in five years she will have forgotten Sam’s name. Why would Grace’s mother say that, and how might she be trying to protect her daughter? 
  6. If you were Grace’s friend, would you be worried about Grace’s state of mind or her close relationship with Sam? What would you do to help Grace? 
  7. Cole is very intelligent, but he is also suicidal, unstable—and famous. Why do you think Beck chose him to become a werewolf and look after the pack? 
  8. For Cole, becoming a werewolf was an escape from his past. Do you think this is an appropriate way to deal with your problems? What would be a better way for Cole to deal with his insecurities and drug addiction? 
  9. How is Cole’s relationship with Isabel different from Sam’s relationship with Grace? Do you think they love each other? 
  10. Isabel makes it a point to tell Cole, “I’m not a nice person.” Do you think Isabel is protecting herself by saying this? Do you think Isabel really isn’t a nice person?  
  11. Why do you think Victor’s pituitary problem would affect his ability to stay a wolf?  
  12. There is a lot of debate in Linger about whether the process of turning into a werewolf is science or magic. Do you think the explanation is all science, all magic, or a little bit of both?  
  13. What difference would it make for people if they found out that becoming a werewolf is the result of science or magic? How might one answer be better than the other? 
  14. Cole curses at Grace’s father at the hospital. Do you think he had a right to do that?  
  15. Why do you think Sam decided not to turn back into a wolf in order to stay with Grace? Was he being selfish?
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