THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND

Katarina Bivald

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen . . .

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor—not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together—and change everything.

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Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen . . .

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor—not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together—and change everything.

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  • Sourcebooks
  • Paperback
  • January 2016
  • 400 Pages
  • 9781492623441

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About Katarina Bivald

Katrina Bivald lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

This is her first novel. She grew up working part-time in a bookshop.

Praise

“This heartwarming story is the answer for those who loved The Storied

Life of A.J. Fikry. Book lovers will applaud Sara and her love of books. Book

clubs will delight in this delightful caper through book-loving middle America.

Read this and smile!”—Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

(Oskaloosa, IA)

“Every word on every page is sheer perfection…I’ll carry this book in my

heart for years to come.”—Bess Bleyaert, McLean & Eakin (Petoskey,

MI)

“LOVED IT! Readers will cheer for Sara and all the residents of Broken

Wheel as a friendship that began with An Old Fashioned Girl renews and

offers hope to an entire town.”—Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County

Library (Flemington, NJ)

Discussion Questions

Sara and Amy develop a close relationship through

exchanging letters. Have you ever had a pen pal? How

might a friendship conducted entirely through writing

be different than an in-person relationship?

Even though we never meet Amy in person, we get to

know her through her letters to Sara. How did her letters influence

your understanding of Amy and Sara’s relationship?

Broken Wheel is a dying town, and a bookstore brings it back to life.

How accurately do you think The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

portrays small town America? Have you ever been to or lived in a place

like Broken Wheel?

There is a strong rivalry between Broken Wheel and Hope. How do

you think the residents of Hope viewed the people of Broken Wheel?

How were their perceptions changed once the bookstore opened?

Sara arranged the books in her shop through unconventional genre

names, including “Sex, Violence and Weapons” and “For Friday Nights

and Lazy Sundays.” What are some creative categories you might use

to group your favorite books together?

Why do you think Sara was so reluctant to return to Sweden? What

was missing from her life that she found in Broken Wheel?

How did you feel about the progression of Sara and Tom’s relationship?

Were you happy with the status of their relationship at the end of the book?

Why do you think Caroline and Josh felt so much pressure to keep

their relationship a secret?

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend focuses on how books can

change lives. How have books affected your life? Is there one book in

particular that changed the way you see the world?

If you were to open a bookstore, what are some of the books you would

absolutely have to have for sale?

Where do you think Sara, Tom, and the rest of the residents in Broken

Wheel will be in five years? What do you think will have changed, and

what will stay the same?