Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

These questions can help you guide your students through a structured discussion around their thoughts and feelings about Julie Kibler's 'Calling Me Home.'

Calling Me Home

Calling Me Home is a 2013 novel by Julie Kibler that follows the lives of an elderly white woman and a middle-aged African-American woman as they share a journey. These discussion questions can help your students work through their thoughts and reactions to this story. This discussion is intended for high school students but can be adapted for other ages as well.

Questions about Plot and Characters

  • In one sentence, how would you describe Calling Me Home? What is this book about? If you were to write the back-cover blurb for this book, what would you write?
  • Who is Isabelle? How are we introduced to her? What was your first impression of this character?
  • How are we introduced to Dorrie? What was your first impression of this character? How are Isabelle and Dorrie similar? How are they different? What was each character's first impression of the other?
  • What inspires Isabelle and Dorrie's road trip? Why does Isabelle ask Dorrie to drive her? Why do you think that Dorrie agrees?
  • What do we learn about Isabelle's life while she and Dorrie drive to Ohio? How did this story change your impression of Isabelle? How does Dorrie's impression of Isabelle change? Why?
  • What do we learn about Dorrie throughout the course of this novel? How does your impression of this character change? What impact does Isabelle have on Dorrie? Where can we see this? What impact do you think that Dorrie has on Isabelle?
  • What is the climax of this novel? How does this represent a chance for characters to make a choice about their lives, demonstrate growth, or find closure? How does the climax resolve?
  • What did you think about the way this novel ends? What are the final things we learn about Isabelle and Dorrie from this ending?

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