Carlotta Moon, eighty-one years old, is the uncontested leader of Carlotta’s Club--and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Her loyal followers have always obediently thrown themselves into every new scheme she has ever proposed. Her most recent project was turning Norbert, a retired accountant, into a reluctant fortune-teller. Her ideas for future adventures are limitless, as is her confidence that her Club will always follow her.
Enter Mabel Paine.
For the first time, Carlotta finds an unlikely yet worthy opponent in a bizarre infiltrator. A stranger who bears an uncanny likeness to Carlotta’s oldest friend Margaret comes to town and threatens to hijack their Club. To add to the chaos, Carlotta’s niece brings an angry foster child “with behavior problems” into the family circle. To cope with both newcomers, Carlotta must learn her life lessons about love and belonging.
Getting Rid of Mabel follows the characters that first came to be in The Reluctant Fortune-Teller. Norbert Z is here again, playing a supporting role to his nemesis, Carlotta Moon.
|Publisher:||Allegra Books, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)|
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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR GETTING RID OF MABEL
- Explore the theme of belonging. How are Carlotta, Mabel, Hope and Queen all trying to get a secure sense of belonging? How do they all learn about belonging along the way?
- How does Carlotta grow and change in the course of the book?
- What does Carlotta learn from Mabel about leadership?
- Discuss the parallel between Carlotta’s desire to get rid of Mabel and Queen’s desire to get rid of Mr. Butler. Compare how Carlotta sets Margaret up to how Queen sets Arnie Butler up.
- Mabel is Margaret’s physical reflection. Is she in another sense Carlotta’s reflection as well? If other people can serve as mirrors to show us aspects of ourselves, consider also the mirroring going on between Carlotta and Queen.
- Queen’s superpower of choice would be to “know everything about everybody.” Why would she choose this?
- Discuss foreshadowing in this book, including how Carlotta explains it to Queen, and how Queen understands it.
- Choose a character to invite for lunch at the Good Fortune Café. Who would you choose, and what would you talk about?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The gang from The Reluctant Fortune Teller is back! The Club, led by octogenarian Carlotta Moon, who quotes Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare, teaches her friends French (which she does not speak) and tyrannically rules the roost, so to speak, is back! Enter Mabel! Mabel is Club member Margaret’s energetic doppelganger. And so much fun! She barges onto the scene and steals the Club away from Carlotta, who is less than pleased. Along the way, Carlotta pens her autobiography, wherein she proudly reveals her true self, while hoping that somehow Mabel would just leave. This delightful story brings some new characters to the village and story. I especially love Queen, a foster child who adds depth and heart. Norbert, the fortune-teller, is on the scene as well, and do we detect a bit of romance? Mabel is a hoot, but eventually, it is not only Carlotta who wants to get rid of her. The story is warm, fun, funny and engaging. I’m hoping we will have more adventures of the Club and the gang; they make my world brighter!