LINGER

Maggie Stiefvater

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

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In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

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  • Scholastic Press
  • Hardcover
  • July 2010
  • 368 Pages
  • 9780545123280

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About Maggie Stiefvater

All of my life decisions have been based around my inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which I’ve tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists, musicians, and artists (I’ve made my living as one of these since I was 22).

I now live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two small kids, two neurotic dogs, one criminally insane cat, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I’m an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and play several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes. I also make great cocktail party conversation.

Praise

“Maggie Stiefvater has outdone herself again.. . even better than the first book.”—Book Whisperer

“Poetic, Romantic, Heartbreaking, Beautiful, and just AMAZING!”—Bibliophilic Book Blog

“I can’t think of any fictional characters or couple that I like more than sensitive Sam with a love of reading and indie music, and strong, independent Grace.”—The Tales Compendium

“When I found out that Shiver was meant to be a trilogy, my greatest worry was that the sequels would never live up to the first; that they would never bring anything new to the table… I shouldn’t have worried.”—YA Highway

Discussion Questions

In Shiver, Grace’s parents seemed to like Sam. From the beginning of Linger, it seems like they don’t like him anymore. Why do you think their opinion of him changes? 

How is Grace’s relationship with her parents different in Linger than it was in Shiver?

Do you think Grace’s parents have a right to place restrictions on her after they have been absent for so much of Grace’s teenage years? 

Do you think Grace was justified in breaking her parents’ rules by going to the studio with Sam? Why or why not? 

Grace’s mother keeps telling Grace that in five years she will have forgotten Sam’s name. Why would Grace’s mother say that, and how might she be trying to protect her daughter? 

If you were Grace’s friend, would you be worried about Grace’s state of mind or her close relationship with Sam? What would you do to help Grace? 

Cole is very intelligent, but he is also suicidal, unstable—and famous. Why do you think Beck chose him to become a werewolf and look after the pack? 

For Cole, becoming a werewolf was an escape from his past. Do you think this is an appropriate way to deal with your problems? What would be a better way for Cole to deal with his insecurities and drug addiction? 

How is Cole’s relationship with Isabel different from Sam’s relationship with Grace? Do you think they love each other? 

Isabel makes it a point to tell Cole, “I’m not a nice person.” Do you think Isabel is protecting herself by saying this? Do you think Isabel really isn’t a nice person?  

Why do you think Victor’s pituitary problem would affect his ability to stay a wolf?  

There is a lot of debate in Linger about whether the process of turning into a werewolf is science or magic. Do you think the explanation is all science, all magic, or a little bit of both?  

What difference would it make for people if they found out that becoming a werewolf is the result of science or magic? How might one answer be better than the other? 

Cole curses at Grace’s father at the hospital. Do you think he had a right to do that?  

Why do you think Sam decided not to turn back into a wolf in order to stay with Grace? Was he being selfish?