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At first Francis is too shy to even approach Nicole but when she starts dancing at the Wreck Center the two become close. As I mentioned above, when I first read this novella, I was expecting great things, and ultimately didn't think that I received them. A serious well written YA novel exploring the nature of heroism, set in post WW2 USA but managing to retain a timeless quality. He dosen't know that Larry lets him win till he finds out , times passes and Francis meats The story moves back to before the war when Larry Lasalle arrives in Frenchtown and is loved by everyone.

Each individual story is paced nicely, and all three intertwine, all the pieces coming together to form the picture that is Francis' life. This is seen in chapter 5 where Francis talks about people, renovating the 'Wreck Centre', who had been hired under a new municipal program. The synopsis won't give you a hint of the depth behind the main character's reason for wanting to kill his childhood hero, and it really got me.Their relationship is sweet and innocent and they spend a lot of their time visiting the local movie theater. Now, so many years later, as I listened to one of his books that I hadn't had the pleasure of reading way back then, it's so amazing to identify a lot of my own style in his writing. Edwards Award, Phoenix Award from the the Children’s Literature Association, and many more, which captures the attention of more and more young adults. and he is the main focus of Francis's mission due to his treatment and abuse of Nicole, but after his encounter with Francis, he ends up committing suicide himself. The Complainants requested that no members of the ALA or NEA serve on the reconsideration committees because these organizations “are officially against any attempts at removal of books from any school”.

Back in the present time, Larry resurfaces in Frenchtown, and Francis puts a pistol in his pocket and tracks him down.However, his luck began to change with the arrival of Larry and the opening of the town’s new recreation center, which was dubbed the “ Wreck Center” due to its shoddy refurbishment and its bloody history as the site of a wedding that turned into a mass shooting. Both deal with the trauma of war in a poignant way and carry the themes of corruption and evil seen throughout his body of work.

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