74 pages 2 hours read

Shannon Messenger

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2012

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Essay Topics


Describe how Sophie doesn’t fit in well with humans. How might she do better among them if she knew she’s an elf with powers?


Fantasy novels like Keeper of the Lost Cities involve the use of magic. Fitz, though, says, “Magic is a stupid idea humans came up with to try to explain things they couldn’t understand” (22). What does he mean by this? How does his idea affect the story’s status as a fantasy?


Among the humans, Sophie was a straight-A senior at age 12 who was accepted by Yale, but at Foxfire, she’s nearly flunking some of her classes. What changed? How does Sophie deal with her new educational challenges?