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Discussion Guide

A Friend Like Filby

By Mark Wakely

George has been fascinated with the idea of time travel ever since the unexpected death of his mother when he was ten, and hopes someday to find a friend like Filby, the forever loyal friend of the time traveler in the 1960 movie The Time Machine. George’s two closest high school friends, Dave and Nancy (nickname Onion), struggle at times to understand his odd obsession as they deal with issues of their own both in and out of school. The story takes place during the three friend’s tumultuous senior year from beginning to end, with a major realization in store for George on graduation day.

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Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.

Which character did you most identify with in the novel, and why?

George felt guilty for not running to his mother’s side to give her one last hug like he thought she wanted when her hand seemed to beckon him after she died.  What part did his guilt and grief play in his desire to find a friend like Filby?

Why do you think George, Dave and Nancy (Onion) became such close friends?

“Mark Wakely weaves an unusual tale with characters that are both emotionally and psychologically rich… The story is told from George’s perspective and in a first person narrative voice that is as clear as it is compelling. The prose is beautiful and evocative at times and I enjoyed the author’s peculiar turn of phrase, the humor, and his knack for vivid descriptions… It is a delightful read.” – Readers’ Favorite