Read pages 7-18
1. How did Peter come to live with the Shinns?
2. Explain who Jumper is and how Peter feels about him.
3. Describe the late night emergency that brought men to the Shinn house.
4. Compare how Mr. Shinn views Peter’s offer to ride along to how Mr. Toliver sees things.
Read pages 19-31
1. Add the setting where Peter and Mr. Shinn are watching and waiting to your settings page.
2. Why does Peter say that it might be wrong for Mr. Shinn to be a Justice of the Peace?
3. What does Peter see? What do you think it is?
Read pages 32 – 46
1. What are the three errors Peter feels he has made?
2. Where is Peter now? What is his plan to get the gun and his pride back?
Read pages 47 – 56
1. Describe the young girl Peter meets.
2. Add her location to your settings page.
3. Explain their plan. Do you think it will work?
Read pages 57-67
1. The author keeps making references to Betsy’s hand. Why do you think this is? (refer to page 26)
2. Summarize the journey to the island.
Read 67 – 78
1. What does Peter discover in these pages?
2. What is his plan now? Is this a good plan?
Read pages 78 – 89
1. Explain Peter’s emotions after shooting Betsy.
2. What lies has Peter told? Is he justified in telling these lies?
Read pages 89 – 101
1. Describe the second person they found.
2. What had the two felons done in England to get into trouble?
3. Should Peter help them get free? Cite evidence to support your thoughts.
Read pages 102 – 116
1. Why is Peter so angry at Mr. Shinn?
2. Explain why you think Peter would not go with the men on the search.
3. Describe Peter’s plan for himself and the two servants.
Read pages 116 – 123
1. Explain how the Shinn family treats Robert.
2. Add the setting where Robert stays at night to your settings page.
Read pages 123 – 138
1. How does Peter get Betsy off the island?
2. What do you think Mr. Shinn will do based on what you know about his character?
Read pages 138 – 147
1. Page 141 says, “They had their freedom. But in that same moment I knew I did not want mine.” What does Peter mean by that?
2. How has the horse been a ‘burden’ to Peter, as he tells Robert and Betsy?
3. Explain the new development in the relationship between Peter and Mr. Shinn at the end of the book. How is that different than earlier in the story?