If There Be Thorns Book Summary and Study Guide

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It seemed as though Chris and Cathy were wonderful parents. They had fourteen year old Jory, who was thoughtful and bright, and then Bart, who was forever a troublemaker everywhere he went.
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When this old woman moved in next door along with her butler in tow, Bart took a shine to her. She was extremely wealthy, and gave Bart everything he asked for and then told him to call her Grandma.

It was after this point in the story where Bart's transformation began. The old lady told him stories about his parents, and this lead him into terrible acts of violence.

When Bart trembles on the edge of total craziness, his parents aren't sure what to do about it, but are awaiting for something to happen. There was a horror that flowered in the attic many years ago, and the thorns are still bloodier then ever.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   Why do they stay in the haunted house/boat?

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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