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Discussion Questions

A Thousand Tomorrows

1. Why do you think Cody buries his feelings inside when his father leaves?

2. Carl Joseph looks up to his older brother, Cody. But Cody learns some invaluable lessons from Carl Joseph. What kind of role does Carl Joseph play in Cody’s life?

3. At the end of chapter two, we learn that Cody rides bulls because it is the only way he can live with his rage. Why do you think this is?

4. Why does Ali keep her illness a secret? How do you think keeping this secret makes her feel?

5. How did Ali’s sister’s death shape the person Ali became?

6. How do you feel about the way Ali’s mother handled her daughter’s choices? How would you have handled a sick child’s decision to do something they loved that might shorten their life?

7. At the end of chapter four, Ali gives Cody bullriding advice. Why does Ali choose that moment to talk to him if they hadn’t spoken in the two years they’d been competing side by side?

8. How do you think Cody’s and Ali’s isolation from their peers draws them together?

9. After his and Ali’s lung surgeries, Cody forgives his father and reunites with his family. How does Ali’s love influence his decision? On a personal level, have you experienced reconciliation in a key relationship? Explain.

10. In their last month together Ali gives her dearest possession, her horse Ace, to Cody. What does her gift symbolize to both her and Cody?

11. How does Cody show he has strong beliefs? How does Ali?

12. Cody and Ali know their life together is limited, yet they choose to enjoy each day as if there were no tomorrow. How do you think their lives would have changed had Ali lived longer?

13. If you knew someone you loved had only three years to live, would you marry him or her? Why? Why not?

14. What did this story teach you about cystic fibrosis? What personal experience do you have with this disease?

15. Has reading A Thousand Tomorrows affected your life in any way? How?

A Thousand Tomorrows
by Karen Kingsbury

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2006
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • ISBN-10: 1931722803
  • ISBN-13: 9781931722803