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The Ice Child
Elizabeth McGregor
Paperback: Mass Market

 

INTRODUCTION

When Jo Harper falls in love with maverick archaeologist Doug Marshall, she also falls into Doug's obsession: the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition. In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his crew of one hundred and twenty men sailed two ships to the Arctic and were never seen again. Doug has spent his career in search of what happened to them, sacrificing his first marriage and his relationship with his son, John, along the way. But as he and Jo plan their future together, a shocking accident forever changes their lives.

Devastated by the accident, John goes into self-imposed hiding. Jo, feeling abandoned, is confronted by the unthinkable her young son, Sam, has a life-threatening disease and his only hope of survival lies with John Marshall. Desperate to find John, Jo soon learns that his fate is curiously tied to the Franklin Expedition. Haunted by Franklin and his own past, John has ventured into the ice floes of the Arctic in search of answers to what happened to Franklin's crew and to his own life. Unbeknownst to him, a frantic search is on; not only to save his life, but the life of another he doesn't know is in jeopardy.

 

ABOUT ELIZABETH MCGREGOR

Elizabeth McGregorElizabeth McGregor lives with her family in Dorset, England.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Are there points of similarity between the three mothers (Jo, Alicia, and the polar bear) featured in The Ice Child?

  2. What points of similarity exist, if any, among the three sons of The Ice Child (John, Sam, and polar bear cub)?

  3. Does John's relationship with his father have any bearing on John's relationship with Catherine? Why or why not?

  4. As citizens of a modern age, do we have (or does the possibility exist for) an exploration that parallels what the Franklin Expedition meant to the people who lived in Victorian times? Does the story of The Ice Child provide one?

  5. What do you think motivates Alicia's change of heart towards Jo and Sam?

  6. Does the character of Catherine Takkiruq and her relationship to John, Jo, and Sam have any bearing to the relationship between the Esquimaux that Crozier encountered?

  7. Working from historical fact, author Elizabeth McGregor has imagined the possible outcome of the Franklin Expedition. From what you have read in The Ice Child, what circumstances prevented the Expedition from a successful outcome?

  8. Many of the characters in The Ice Child are searching for somethinga passage, an answer, a reason, a cure. Is every search successful? Noble? Necessary?