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Where Triplets Go, Trouble Follows
by Michelle Poploff
Victoria Jamieson, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 96 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432899 | 02-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: THIRD | Age: 7 to 11

Themes: Family & Relationships, Acceptance & Belonging, School, Self-Esteem
Recommendations: A, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RL.3.1-7, 10
L.3.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, 5a-c
RF.3.3, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.3.1, 1a-d, 2, 4, 6
W.3.1, 3, 8, 10

About the Book

"WHERE TRIPLETS GO . . . is a wonderful book, filled with warmth and tenderness, and loving relationships. I loved following the paths of the three sisters, each one so different, as they set about solving their problems. I was sorry when the story ended.—Patricia Reilly Giff, Two-Time Newbery Honor-Winning Author

Girls take charge in this energetic chapter book about the trials and triumphs of three sisters who are fraternal triplets.

Violet, Daisy, and Lily couldn't be more different in some respects. Violet loves being the center of attention, Daisy cares mostly about sports, and Lily likes to hide away in her books. However, the thing all three have in common is that they are triplets in the fun and surprise-filled Divine family.

In this short novel each girl has a moment to shine as Violet triumphs at the science fair; Daisy gets glasses and recovers her baseball moxie now that she can see; and Lily enters a writing contest and wins dog-training lessons for their new Sheltie, Trouble.


"The Divines are a family worth getting to know.—Publishers Weekly

"An enjoyable story."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Compare and contrast Violet, Lily and Daisy Divine. What kind of people are the characters? What do they do and say to reveal themselves? Use examples from the story and explain where you found your answer (chapter, page). RL.2-3.1, 3, 5

2. Which triplet do you relate to? Why? RL.2.1, 6 / W.2.3, 8

3. Discuss the literal and nonliteral meaning of the title. SL.2-3.4 / SL.2-3.1

4. Describe the "trouble" that follows the triplets during different parts of the story. Create a conflict-and-resolution chart from different chapters. RL.2-3.1, 3, 5