SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
After school Grace wants to go by Olivia’s. On the way Sam tries to explain poetry to her when he yelled for her to stop the car. He had seen Jack the wolf and leapt out of the car to chase after him. Jack was too far ahead of Sam and Grace pulled him to a stop as it was obvious he was getting too cold. Once back in the Bronco, Sam warms up and Grace tells him that Isabel talked to Jack.
After Sam dropped Grace off at school the next day, he decided to go back to Beck’s – just in case Beck was there. Sam isn’t sure how to deal with Jack and would like another human to help him. When he arrives at Beck’s he sees an SUV and then Beck. The two are happy to see ach other but Sam feels like something is off. The two caught up on bits and pieces of what had been going on with them when Sam asked what was thumping in the SUV. Beck revealed three humans who had obviously been bitten. Sam is shocked and Beck explains he did it to protect the future of the wolves, to protect their secret. Sam will have no part of it and leaves. That night he has trouble sleeping.
The next day is a Saturday and Sam announces to Grace that he’s going to take her on a proper date. On their way to Mercy Falls, Sam asks Grace if she remembers anything about being attacked. She tried very hard to remember and then remembered that he had carried her back into her yard. Giggling with happiness, Grace follows Sam to the bookstore for their first stop on their date. He takes her up into a loft area and recites poetry to her. When they left the bookstore in search of lunch, they run into Olivia and her brother on the sidewalk. The girls apologize to each other and Olivia asks Grace if she can call her later. By the time Grace and Sam are in bed, she realizes that she had tried to call Olivia twice and Olivia hadn’t called back.
“You’re like a song that I herd when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.”
Questions for consideration:
Do you think what Beck did to the three humans is okay?
Do you think Sam and Grace’s relationship is deepening further?
What do you think is going on with Olivia?