Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to Moundville, where its been raining for longer than Roy McGuire has been alive. Most people say the town is cursed—right in the middle of their big baseball game against rival town Sinister Bend, black clouds crept across the sky and it started to rain. That was 22 years ago . . . and its still pouring.
Baseball camp is over, and Roy knows hes in for a dreary, soggy summer. But when he returns home, he finds a foster kid named Sturgis sprawled out on his couch. As if this isnt weird enough, just a few days after Sturgiss arrival, the sun comes out. No one can explain why the rain has finally stopped, but as far as Roys concerned, its time to play some baseball. Its time to get a Moundville team together and finish what was started 22 years ago. Its time for a rematch.
It's been 22 years since the rain began right in the middle of Moundville's big baseball game against rival town Sinister Bend. And it's still pouring. But when a strange kid arrives, the sun finally comes out. It's time to get a Moundville team together and finish what was started 22 years ago.
About the Author
Kurtis Scaletta was born in Louisiana and grew up in New Mexico, North Dakota, England, Liberia, Brazil, and a few other places. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and several cats. Find out more about Kurtis on the Web at www.kurtisscaletta.com
Reading Group Guide
Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta
Readers Guide Discussion Questions
1.Many people, Peter especially, believe that the town of Moundville is cursed, but Roy believes it has to do with statistics. What do you believe and why?
2.Sturgis exhibits both good and bad behavior. Why do you think he acts this way?
3.How does Roy react to Sturgiss arrival? Why do you think he acts this way? How would you react?
4.Roy and Sturgis go from strangers, to teammates, to enemies, to cousins. Describe how Roy and Sturgiss relationship progresses throughout the book and how these changes affect their perceptions of each other.
5.Sturgis lies to Roy about how he got the scar on his face. Why?
6.Why does Sturgis eventually join the Sinister Bend team? What would you have done if you were Sturgis? If you were Roy, would you have reacted the way he did?
7.The rematch is considered to be very important to many people. It brings back Roys mom, Bobby Fitz, and more. Why is so important to everyone? Is it just about baseball?
8.What does the Moundville team learn that helps them win against Sinister Bend? Explain the irony.
9.When Roy initially forms the team, he is elected captain. How does this change him as a person?
10.How do Sturgis and Roys relationships with their fathers differ? How does Roys dad try to be like a father to Sturgis?