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When thirteen-year-old Rock helps his friend Liza run away from home, he wonders whether escaping from his own troubled family would be an act of patriotism or of treason.
Rock Kindle: Rock, short for Rochester, is a 13-year-old boy who is better at throwing ice balls than at doing school work, unless it's history.
Cliff Kindle: Cliff, short for Heathcliff, is Rock's 14-year-old brother who seems to have all the answers, be it for school or for dealing with people.
Liza Vincent: Eliza Beth Vincent is Rock and Cliff's tomboy neighbor. Her stepfather seems to take any opportunity to give her grief.
Mr. Kindle: A gruff man whose priorities are a bit questionable
Katherine Kindle: Rock, Cliff, and Brontie's mom. Loves to cook really nice meals, but refuses to leave the house.
Ms. Manzuli: The school librarian who has a fondness for Rock and his love of history.
Timmy Mobley: Liza's step dad.
Arlene Mobley: Liza's mom.
Brontie: Rock and Cliff's 4 year old sister.
Mitchell Briggs: A wimpy boy at the bus stop whose father is a cheapskate
“You've always got a choice...so happens you made a good one.”
“failed my Spanish quiz, not that you care, O great lord of D-minuses.”
“Real families stick together”
Tonight would be Interrupted.
Chapter 1 - The Sugar Act
Chapter 2 - Customs and Duties Chapter 3 - Emerging Protesters Chapter 4 - Without Representation Chapter 5 - Tea Party Chapter 6 - Midnight Ride Chapter 7 - First Shots Chapter 8 - Declaration Chapter 9 - Minutemen
Family Problems: Rock's father wakes the boys up in the middle of the night to fix the roof, not because he needs the help, but because he wants them to be strong.
Runaways: Liza thinks running away will be safer for her than staying home
Depression: Rock's mother hasn't left the house in a long time
Original Language: English
Publication Date: August 1997
Page Count: 176
Library of Congress: PZ7.G881325So
Reading Level: Young Adults
This book has several themes that are best understood by people at least in their teens.
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