Tiffany S edited the summary of The Pinballs Monday, September 13, 2010.
The Pin balls was about 3 foster kids. Harvey, who is abused by a father, that cripples him, by running over his legs with his car. Ashamed he lies about his injury, and puts it off on sports (football). He also takes up an interest at the foster home, of making lists. I forgot what brought this on. In the end his father does come back, and wants now to get custody of him again. Henry doesn’t really want anything to do with him now. He ends up in the hospital, after refusing to talk to anyone after a visit from his father, and devising a plan to find and stay with his mother. I think she left to go *find herself* and is living on a vine yard, with some strange man. His foot swells, and Thomas and Carlie bring him out of his depression by getting him the one thing he says he always wants to have (a puppy). Thomas J is another one of the foster kids. He lived with a set of twins (ladies) Thomas and Jefferson. Who eventually break their hips, and die (at the same time as far fetched as this is to believe). Then there’s Carlie, a smart ass, who comes to the foster home because her mom’s boyfriends have been abusive to her. She describes them as pin balls (meaning they don’t have control of their destinies) but changes her mind at the end of the book, and has the ephipany that they have the ability to make their destinies be whatever they want them to be.