This month’s FYA Book Club selection is Jackaby by William Ritter. Check out the discussion questions below! (Slight spoilers ahead.)

P.S. If you’ve already read the book, feel free to add any other discussion questions of your own in the comments!


Abigail’s dream job is to become a paleontologist, even when that’s not really an option for women in her time. Ignoring any constraints or impossibilities, what’s your dream job? 


1. Abigail sets out on her own with nothing but a suitcase and her wits. Would you take a leap of faith like that?

2. Have you ever gone against someone’s wishes to make your own dreams a reality?

3. Are you curious to know more about where Jackaby’s powers come from? Were you annoyed that it wasn’t better explained?

4. What do you think happened in Chapter 13 (the omitted chapter)?

5. What did you think Charlie’s secret was? (What was Jackaby asking about when he asked Charlie if he was “in control”?)

6. Do you feel that Abigail is a strong female character? Why or why not?

7. How do you feel about the relationship between Abigail and Jackaby? What about Abigail and Charlie?

8. How did you feel about the mix of paranormal and mystery?

9. Do you plan on reading the sequel (Beastly Bones)? Do you have any predictions or hopes for what will happen next?

This post was written by a guest writer or former contributor for Forever Young Adult.