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Splinters of Sunshine by Patrice Lawrence – Discussion Questions and Activities

Themes and Discussion Questions for Book Clubs or Class Discussion

Splinters of Sunshine by Patrice Lawrence is suitable for sharing with students ages 12+ – either in the classroom, as recommended reading at home or in extra-curricular book clubs.

The quotes and discussion questions included in this pack are linked to prominent themes in the book and help young people to explore the ideas in the story.

Note: This book covers some sensitive issues. It is advised that teachers/parents/carers read the book before sharing with students.


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About the Book

I pick up the envelope . . . As I rip down the sides, there’s loads of paper bursting out; stuck on flowers, dandelions, roses . . .

Spey recently received two surprises. The first: his ex-prisoner dad turning up unannounced, and the second: a mysterious package containing torn-up paper flowers.

Spey instantly recognises it as a collage he made with his old friend Dee, and decides she must be in danger, but there are no clues to her whereabouts.

There’s only one person he knows who can help to track her down . . .


On a road trip like no other, will Spey and his dad find Dee, before it’s too late?


Splinters of Sunshine is published by Hodder Children’s Books. Out now.