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Right before the start of their freshman year, Emma's family unexpectedly moves to England. The book club is stunned, but thanks to videoconferencing, they can keep the club alive. They decide to tackle Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a particularly fitting choice. In England, Emma deals with a new queen bee, Annabelle, who makes her life miserable. And back home, Annabelle's cousins--who have swapped homes with the Hawthornes--whip the rest of the school into a frenzy. Cassidy clashes with moody Tristan, Concord's own version of Mr. Darcy, and everyone is taken with his younger brother Simon.

Desperate for life to get back to normal, the girls throw a bake sale to raise money and bring Emma home--and suddenly, they have a thriving business, Pies & Prejudice. But when the plan they cook up falls short, will the book club ever all be together again?

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

Pies & Prejudice
Book 4 in The Mother-Daughter Book Club series
by Heather Vogel Frederick

Discussion Questions

1. Do you have a favorite character after reading the first four Mother-Daughter Book Club books? Who are you most like?

2. What did you know about Jane Austen before reading Pies & Prejudice? Are you now interested in reading her work?

3. Have you ever lived outside of the United States? Where would you want to live?

4. With Emma moving away, the girls are worried they won’t be as close. Have you ever had a friend move away? How did you stay in touch?

5. Emma has some trouble with the new girls at her school. Have you ever felt bullied? How did you handle it?

6. While Emma and her family are in England, Simon and Tristan’s family move into the Hawthornes’ house in Concord. How would you feel if your family swapped houses with someone else?

7. Jess tries out for a solo and doesn’t get it. Have you ever tried out for something you really wanted? How did you do?

8. Megan starts a fashion blog. Do you have a blog? Have you ever thought about starting one? If so, what would it be about?

9. Megan stays anonymous when writing her blog Fashionista Jane, and Jane Austen published her novels anonymously. Why do you think Megan decided to do that? What would you do? How do you think Megan’s decision to write anonymously is different than what Jane did? Have you ever done something anonymously? If so, why?

10. Jess rescues a wild fox. Have you ever seen an injured wild animal? Did you do anything to help it? Once the animal heals, Jess has a hard time letting her go. Have you ever had to say good-bye to someone or something when you didn’t want to?

11. The girls decide to start a pie-making business. Do you like to bake? What can you make?

12. Moody Tristan is a modern-day Mr. Darcy. Is there anyone in your life who resembles a character from literature? Explain.

13. Mrs. Chadwick believes something in Mrs. Hawthorne’s book is about her and gets offended. Have you ever upset someone unintentionally? Is there anyone that you think would make a great character in a book?

14. Pies & Prejudice is a pun on the Jane Austen title Pride and Prejudice. Are there any businesses in your town that use puns? Can you think of other clever business names using any of Jane Austen’s other books?

15. The book club visits the town where Jane Austen lived and sees the church where her father preached. Is there any famous person, alive or dead, whose hometown you would like to visit? Why?

16. Cassidy deals with a very sad loss after Mrs. Bergson dies, but her memorial is a celebration of her life. Has anyone close to you passed away? How did you get through it?

17. Mrs. Bergson leaves some generous gifts to Concord and the Mother-Daughter Book Club. If you could give a present to anyone you wanted, what would it be? Why?

18. Are there any other books you wish the Mother-Daughter Book Club would read?

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About The Author

Steve Fredericks

Heather Vogel Frederick is the award-winning author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, the Patience Goodspeed books, the Spy Mice series, and Once Upon a Toad. An avid fan of small towns like Pumpkin Falls, Heather and her husband live in New England, close to where Heather grew up. You can learn more about the author and her books at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416982593
  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Ages: 9 - 12

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  • Oregon Book Award Finalist

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