76 pages 2 hours read

Mary Downing Hahn

All The Lovely Bad Ones

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2008

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Essay Topics


Consider the title of the novel and its diction. Why might have Hahn chosen this phrase from the poem “Little Orphant Annie” by James Whitcomb Riley? What might it mean?


Compare and contrast the characters of Miss Ada and Grandmother. In what ways are they foils of one another? How are they similar and different?


How does the theme of appearance versus reality manifest throughout the novel? Consider the novel’s setting, tone, and characters.