In March we read Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson, a powerful novel about a girl who’s accused of killing a baby when she herself was still very young. Allegedly follows Mary while she’s in a group home for young criminals and gets pregnant herself. We’re recommending some books you might like if you’ve found Allegedly just as intriguing as we did. We’re also including some discussion questions at the end in case you’re reading this book with your own book club and you can use the inspiration!

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The Innocents
Nette Hilton

Nothing that was true stayed true for long

Innocence Tolerance Convenient truths Missie Missinger is busy growing up in a small town. When tragedy hits the community, they call it an accident. But as more accidents unfold, the frightened locals look for an answer – and find an easy target.Missie holds the clues to what happened. If she puts the puzzle together and confronts the truth she will be in danger. If she doesn’t, an innocent youth could be blamed for another’s death.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Shirley Jackson

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

Discussion Questions

  • While reading, did you expect Mary to be innocent or to be guilty of the crime?
  • Is Mary an unreliable narrator? Explain why.
  • Is Mary a product of her environment or could she be the devil’s child as many newspapers said she was.
  • What did you think of the portrayal of the group home Mary lives in?

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