Reading Group Guide for DOWN UNDER: Kussins
1. Down Under is defined as the continent of Australia. How does the author parallel down under, when referring to the moments, to Down Under, in reference to the continent of Australia?
2. How is the author’s use of moments rather than chapters important in this series?
3. What are Driew’s early perceptions of his big bother, Pester, and could Pester have been perceived differently if Driew had understood him sooner?
4. How does Pester’s rank in the family hierarchy after Killiope’s departure the military affect his family?
5. In what way has Pester forced Driew to grow? Is there a defining moment in Driew’s maturation?
6. How does Able and Cain Poe’s family life contrast Driew’s? Would they have the same feelings toward Driew as Pester and Payne if they were his brothers?
7. How do you think Pester would have handled being the youngest Qweepie sibling? What are some ways older boys might be treated that the youngest boy wouldn’t be?
8. What discovery in the Dingo chapter stops Pester’s aggression? Is there a line he has crossed that keeps him from forgiving himself?
9. How does friendship resolve the issues Able and Cain have with Driew? How might their relationship be different if it had happened sooner?
10. How does Driew’s relationship with Pester affect his relationship with Able and Cain?
11. What role does Dingo play in the novel, as a permanent fixture on the farm and in Driew’s family?
12. What role does water play in Driew’s story? How does it influence Driew’s actions?