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In which book are boys worried to hear the sound of the caseworker's high-heeled shoes tap-tap-tapping down the line while they are waiting for
breakfast? p. 1

In which book are boys assigned to "new temporary-care homes" now that the school year is over? p. 2

In which book is a boy given the news that he will be placed in a foster family with three girls? p. 2

In which book is a boy placed with a foster family which includes a boy two years older than he is himself? p. 2

In which book are boys reminded that they should be glad to be placed with foster families because of the hard economic times? p. 2


In which book are boys reminded to be "cheerful, helpful and grateful" in their new foster homes? p. 3

In which book are boys given a couple of pieces of fruit in a bag because their new foster home placements mean they will have to miss breakfast? p. 3


In which book does a boy pack to go to his third foster home? p. 3

In which book does an older boy tell a younger one that it's better to be going to a foster home with three girls than one with a boy a couple of years
older? p. 3

In which book is a little boy promised that the three girls in his new foster home will treat him "like some kind of special pet or something"? p. 4


In which book is a boy warned that he may have to play house a lot with the girls in his new foster home? p. 4

In which book does the narrator think that you really start to be a "real adult" when you're about six, because "It's at six that grown folks don't think
you're a cute little kid anymore, they talk to you and expect that you understand everything they mean"? p. 4
In which book does the narrator say that six is a scary age because "it's around then that your teeth start coming a-loose in your mouth"? p. 5


In which book does the narrator say that starting to lose your teeth when you're about six makes you wonder when other "perfectly good parts of your
body" might start falling off too? p. 5

In which book does the narrator say that being six and having your teeth loose makes it seem "a lot of your parts aren't stuck on as good as they used to
be"? p. 5

In which book does the narrator remember how tough it is to be six years old because that's the age he was when his Momma died? p. 6


In which book is a boy proud to be able to pack his things in a suitcase instead of a paper or cloth sack? p. 6

In which book is a suitcase tied shut with twine? p. 6

In which book are some flyers kept in a suitcase under a blanket? p. 6

In which book does a boy think that a blue flyer must hold a secret message for him, but he doesn't "have the decoder ring to read" what it is? p. 6


In which book does a blue flyer begin with the words LIMITED ENGAGEMENT? p. 6

In which book does the narrator have "a real good suspicion" about the man in a blurry picture on a blue flyer? p. 6-7

In which book is a performance advertised for Saturday, June 16, 1932, at the Luxurious Fifty Grand? p. 7

In which book does a boy remember how upset his mother was on the day when she brought a blue flyer home with her? p. 7-8

In which book does a boy remember his mother keeping five flyers in her dressing table? p. 8
In which book is one boy repeatedly kicked by a boy two years older who is wearing slippers, so at least it doesn't hurt much? p. 10


In which book does one boy claim that he was trying to wake another boy "to make sure he'd gone to the lavatory" before bedtime? p. 11


In which book does a boy claim to his mother that the new boy has "'bed wetter' written all over him"? p. 11

In which book does a boy have to admit that the older boy in his new foster home is a "pretty doggone good" liar? p. 11

In which book does the narrator assert, "If you got to tell a lie, make sure it's simple and easy to remember"? p. 11

In which book does a boy wake up to find an older boy shoving a Ticonderoga pencil up his nose? p. 12

In which book does a boy claim that he has shoved a pencil into another boy's nose "all the way up to R!"? p. 12

In which book does the inside of a boy's nose smell like a rubber pencil eraser, because one has just been there? p. 12

In which book does a boy's fist come open while he's throwing a punch at a twelve-year-old's "big balloon head"? p. 13

In which book has a boy's bed been made with a "sticky, hot, smelly rubber baby sheet" because the lady of the house hates "bed wetter’s more than
anything"? p. 14

In which book is a boy told that he'll have to sleep with a rubber sheet for two or three months to prove that a foster parent doesn't have to protect her
mattress? p. 14

In which book does a boy plug the right side of his nose while he tries "real hard to blow the smell of rubber out of the left side"? p. 14


In which book does a foster parent tell a boy that she does not "have time to put up with the foolishness of those members of our race who do not want to
be uplifted"? p. 15
In which book is a boy told that he must spend the night in the shed? p. 15

In which book are a boy's "beloved valuables" to be kept inside overnight as an "assurance that nothing comes up missing from the house"? p. 15


In which book does a boy only notice the thick black razor strap hanging from a woman's hand when she tells him he will be given a strapping unless he
apologizes? p. 16

In which book does a boy think that when he asks not to be sent back to the Home, he's just like Brer Rabbit asking not to be thrown into the picker
patch? p. 17

In which book is a boy warned to "keep a sharp eye out for the vampire bats"? p. 18

In which book is a boy told that the last kid who spent the night where he's going came out "swole up as big as a whale" from a centipede bite? p. 18


In which book is a suitcase spotted under the kitchen table? p. 19

In which book is the window of a shed covered with "pasted old yellow newspapers" to keep anyone from seeing out? p. 20

In which book does a boy believe that a big black stain on a dirt floor came from the blood of a kid who disappeared? p. 20

In which book is the sound of a boy's breath so loud that it sounds as though "six scared people" are locked in the shed with him? p. 21


In which book does a shed hold a pile of stacked wood, a gas can, rakes, rags, a tire, and some fishing poles? p. 20-22

In which book do "three little flat monster heads," each with a set of sharp pointy teeth, seem to be guarding a doorknob? p. 22

In which book are toothy monster heads recognized as dried-out fish heads? p. 22

In which book are dried fish heads covered with rags so they can't see or be seen? p. 23
In which book does a boy remember how his best friend once had to have a cockroach removed from his ear? p. 23

In which book does a boy remember his friend having to go to the emergency room to have a cockroach removed? p. 23

In which book is a cockroach reported to have screamed in English, "My legs! My legs! Why have they done this to my legs? p. 24


In which book does a boy climb a woodpile to get up even with a newspaper-covered window? p. 24

In which book does a boy find that a window covered with yellowed newspaper is a great place to have shadow puppets? p. 25


In which book does a boy use his hand to make shadow puppets of a wolf, a dog, and a duck against a newspaper-covered window? p. 25


In which book does a boy use his jackknife to scrape newspaper off a window so he can see the house across the yard? p. 25

In which book does a boy wake up to find a vampire bat hanging upside down right next to him? p. 25-26

In which book does a boy pick up a rake and hold it like a Louisville Slugger ready to swing? p. 26

In which book is a boy worried because he is suddenly unable to remember the right way to kill a vampire? p. 27

In which book does a boy wonder whether a silver jackknife blade through the heart will be as effective as a silver bullet? p. 27

In which book does a boy swing a rake like "Paul Bunyan chopping down a tree with one blow," and feel surprised to see his enemy cut right in half? p.
27

In which book does a boy suddenly hear a buzzing sound instead of "Curses, you got me!" or "Aha, you doggone kid, that hurt, but now I get my
revenge!"? p. 27-28

In which book is a sound like a buzz saw suddenly turned loose inside a shed? p. 28
In which book does a boy put his hand to his cheek and bring down "the biggest, maddest hornet [he's] ever seen"? p. 28

In which book do "about six thousand hornets" all seem to be swarming around looking for the main character? p. 28

In which book does a boy charge a chained, locked door with one hand out "like Paul Robeson running down the football field"? p. 29


In which book does fear give a boy the strength to jerk open a window he hadn't been able to open before? p. 29

In which book do one boy and four hornets fall out a window at the same time? p. 29

In which book does a boy get angrier and angrier from the combine pain of stings and a fish-guard bite? p. 29

In which book does a boy sneak into a house "like a cat burglar" through an unlocked kitchen window? p. 31

In which book does a boy feel a lot calmer when he picks up a suitcase and finds that it is the right weight? p. 31

In which book does a boy wonder why the residents of a house would leave a big old double-barreled shotgun right out in the open? p. 32


In which book does a boy place his valuables on the first step of the porch, so he will be prepared to make a quick getaway? p. 32

In which book is getting a double-barreled shotgun out of the way the first part of a revenge plan? p. 33

In which book does a boy feel a lot safer once a shotgun is on the back porch in a place where it won't be seen until daylight? p. 33

In which book is a boy impressed that a family has hot water running right inside the house? p. 33

In which book does a boy fill a jelly jar with hot water from the kitchen sink? p. 34

In which book has a boy been told that "something about chemistry and biology" will make a person wet the bed if his hand is dipped into warm water?
p. 34
In which book does one boy pour warm water onto another's pajama pants? p. 34

In which book does a boy go "on the lam"? p. 35

In which book does a boy think that if J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI saw him, he'd be "in some real serious hot water"? p. 35

In which book does the main character think that being on the lam is "a whole lot of fun ... for about five minutes"? p. 36

In which book does the main character hope that Miss Hill at the north side library will be able to help him? p. 36-37

In which book is a boy unable to break into the library through the windows at the back because there are steel bars on them? p. 37

In which book does the main character think that it's sensible to carry a blanket, since "you never know when you might be sleeping under a Christmas
tree at the library"? p. 37

In which book does the main character know that people have been "fumbling through" the things in his suitcase? p. 37-38

In which book does a boy have an old tobacco bag full of rocks? p. 38

In which book does a boy check his tobacco bag to make sure none of his rocks are missing? p. 38

In which book does the main character have a picture of his mother underneath the sign for the Miss B. Gotten Moon Park? p. 38


In which book does a boy have a picture of his mother sitting on a "midget horse"? p. 39

In which book does a photograph show a little girl sitting "side-sag" on a horse and holding two six-shooter pistols in her hands? p. 39


In which book does a picture show a little girl holding two pistols and looking as though "she wished she could've emptied them into somebody"? p. 39
In which book does a picture show a little girl who is angry about having to wear a "gigantic white twenty-five gallon Texas cowboy hat"? p. 39


In which book does a photograph show a little girl who is angry about being made to wear a filthy dirty hat? p. 40

In which book does a boy remember his mother tell about a hat which she was sure must have been "crawling with ringworm, lice, and tetters"? p. 40


In which book does a boy remember the many times he had a conversation with his mother about the filthy hat her father once made her wear? p. 41


In which book does a boy remember that the only times his mother ever seemed to slow down were the times she would squeeze his arms and tell him
things "over and over and over and over"? p. 41



In which book does a boy remember his mother often saying, "as soon as you get to be a young man I have a lot of things I'll explain to you"? p. 42


In which book does the narrator advice, "If an Adult Tells You Not to Worry and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause
You're Already Running Late"? p. 42

In which book does a boy remember his mother often saying, "no matter how dark the night, when one door closes, don't worry, because another door
opens"? p. 43

In which book does a boy go to sleep under a Christmas tree, knowing he has to wake up early so he won't be late for breakfast? p. 44


In which book does the mission refuse to serve breakfast to anyone who is even "one minute late"? p. 44

In which book is a boy worried when he wakes up under a Christmas tree, because he thinks from the sun that he is too late for breakfast? p. 45
In which book does a breakfast line stretch around two corners and across a street? p. 45-46

In which book is the main character told that the breakfast line is closed? p. 46

In which book does the breakfast line close strictly at seven o'clock? p. 46

In which book have some people been standing in line since five o'clock for a free breakfast? p. 46

In which book is a boy advised to get in line by four o'clock if he wants not to miss supper at six? p. 46

In which book does a man bring out a heavy black leather strap to convince a boy not to argue about a place in line? p. 47

In which book is a boy surprised to be asked, "Clarence, what took you so long? p. 47

In which book is a boy told, "Get back in line with your momma" before he has time to explain that his name is not Clarence? p. 47

In which book does a boy feel that a woman sure does "slap [him] a good one" for someone who is only pretending to be his mother? p. 48


In which book do two little kids burst out laughing and say, "Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nay, Clarence got a licking'"? p. 48

In which book do people decide not to complain about a boy cutting in line when they see how hard a man and woman are hitting him upside the head?
p. 48

In which book does a boy think that "with all the names in the world [two strangers] could've come up with a better one for [him] than Clarence"? p. 49


In which book does a boy stand in line with a pretend family for a long time? p. 49

In which book does a sign hanging over a soup kitchen show a rich family driving somewhere in a car? p. 49
In which book is a big room full of people eating so quiet that you can hear the sound of spoons scraped across the bottom of bowls? p. 50


In which book are people served with a breakfast of a bowl of oatmeal, two pieces of bread, an apple, and a glass of milk? p. 50

In which book do signs at the mission ask people to "PLEASE EAT AS QUICKLY AND QUIETLY AS POSSIBLE"? p. 50

In which book does a boy pour part of his breakfast glass of milk onto his oatmeal so it won't be so lumpy? p. 51

In which book are a boy and girl asked to share some of their brown sugar with Clarence? p. 51

In which book is a boy given an unexpected treat of brown sugar for his oatmeal? p. 51

In which book does a boy say "Thank you, Momma, ma'am" for a gift of brown sugar? p. 51

In which book does the narrator say that "the air in the library isn't like the air anywhere else"? p. 53

In which book does a boy close his eyes in order to get a deep breath of library smell? p. 54

In which book can a boy smell "that soft, powdery, drowsy smell that comes off the pages in little puffs when you're reading something" in the library? p.
54

In which book does the main character think that the smell of "page powder" is what makes so many people fall asleep in the library? p. 54


In which book does a boy imagine page powder settling on readers' eyelashes until they fall asleep face-down in their books? p. 54


In which book does the main character explain that "drooling in the books is even worse than laughing out loud in the library" 55? p.
In which book does the main character admit that "you can't really blame the librarians for tossing drooly folks out 'cause there's nothing worse than
opening a book and having the pages all stuck together from somebody's dried-up slobber"? p. 55



In which book does a boy walk through the library three times looking for Miss Hill? p. 55

In which book does the narrator say that a grown-up starting a sentence with the words "Haven't you heard" is always a sign of trouble? p. 56


In which book is a boy assured that he is not going to hear bad news unless he "had matrimonial plans concerning Miss Hill"? p. 56


In which book does a boy learn that Charlemae Hill is now living in Chicago? p. 57

In which book does a librarian pull out an atlas to show how far it is to Chicago? p. 57

In which book does a boy ask a librarian how long it would take to walk to Chicago? p. 57

In which book does a librarian use three books to figure out how long it would take to walk to Chicago? p. 58

In which book does a boy feel that the problem with asking a librarian a question is that before you know it, she'll have you digging into three different
books? p. 58

In which book does a librarian use a reference book to learn that "the average male human gait is five miles an hour"? p. 58

In which book does a librarian calculate that it would take fifty-four hours to walk to Chicago? p. 58

In which book does a boy learn that Miss Hill is now Mrs. Rollins and is living in Chicago? p. 56-58

In which book does a boy feel that since the library door has just closed behind him, another one must be about to open? p. 59
In which book does one boy explain that he was careful about how he tried to wake another boy because everyone knows the other boy sleeps with a
knife? p. 61

In which book does a boy tell his friend that he's "going back to riding the rails"? p. 62

In which book does a boy plan to ride the rails out west to pick some fruit? p. 62

In which book does one boy ask another if it's scary to hope a train? p. 62

In which book does a boy ask how a person can use the toilet if a train doesn't stop for two or three days? p. 63

In which book does a boy explain that if you've hopped a freight train you don't use the toilet, "you just kind of lean out of the door and go"? p. 63


In which book do boys go to the mission to find out where they can hop a train? p. 63

In which book are boys directed to go to "a city called Hooperville just outside of Flint"? p. 63

In which book do boys spend a lot of time looking for Hooperville? p. 64

In which book do boys smell food cooking and hear music through the trees before they find "Hooperville"? p. 64

In which book does a settlement consist of "a bunch of huts and shacks throwed together out of pieces of boxes and wood and cloth"? p. 64


In which book are there three fires in a settlement: one with a pot for washing clothes, one big one with about a hundred people sitting around it, and a
small one with only five people and a baby? p. 64-65



In which book do boys find that the city they were looking for is really "just another cardboard jungle"? p. 65
In which book is a cardboard jungle "somewhere you can get off the train and clean up and get something to eat without the cops chasing you out of
town"? p. 65

In which book is a boy told that there are Hoovervilles all over the country? p. 66

In which book does a man say that President Hoover "worked hard at making sure every city" has a Hooverville? p. 66

In which book is a boy told that if he's hungry, tired, and a little bit nervous about what's going to happen tomorrow, then he's found exactly the place
he's looking for? p. 67

In which book does the light of a large fire make all the people sitting around it look "different shades of orange. ... dark orange folks sitting next to
medium orange folks sitting next to light orange folks"? p. 68



In which book are three big cooking pots set on a large fire? p. 68

In which book are boys told that unless they're carrying some food, they'll "be pulling KP tonight"? p. 69

In which book are boys given dinner in return for KP duty? p. 69

In which book are boys given empty sardine cans as dishes for their supper? p. 69

In which book are boys given delicious muskrat stew for dinner and told they can have second helpings if they want? p. 69

In which book is muskrat stew made with dandelion greens and potatoes and wild carrots and some crawdads as well as little chunks of meat? p. 69


In which book is a boy uneasy about leaving his suitcase while he washes dishes? p. 70

In which book do three boys and a girl take dirty cans and spoons and a few real plates down to Thread Crick to be washed? p. 70

In which book does a girl tell two boys that she doubts either one knows hot to do dishes the right way? p. 70
In which book is a train passing through town the next day headed for Chicago and then west from there? p. 71

In which book is a boy embarrassed to have a girl keep touching his hand while they're washing dishes together? p. 72

In which book does a boy tell a girl how his mother told him every night "that there had never been a little boy, anywhere, anytime, who was loved more
than she loved [him]"? p. 73

In which book does a boy agree with a girl's statement that he sort of carries his family around inside of him? p. 73

In which book is the main character going to be eleven on November fourteenth? p. 73

In which book does a girl ask a boy why he doesn't go back to the orphanage? p. 74

In which book is a boy told that living in an orphanage is "better than being cold and hungry all the time and dodging the railroad police"? p. 74


In which book does a girl dare a boy into kissing her while they are washing dishes? p. 75

In which book do a boy and girl hear the song "Shenandoah" being played on a mouth organ? p. 75-76

In which book does a girl say that the sad song "Shenandoah" reminds her of her mother and father? p. 76

In which book has a boy practiced on the back of his hand before his first time "busting slob with a real live girl" one night while he's helping wash the
dishes? p. 76

In which book do five adults and a sick baby have nothing to eat but dandelion greens soup, because they're too proud to admit they need a handout? p.
77

In which book is a freight train for Chicago scheduled to pass at five-fifteen? p. 78

In which book do five smooth stones appear to have coded messages written on them? p. 79
In which book does a boy check his stones, his envelope, and his flyers before he goes to sleep? p. 79

In which book does a boy put himself to sleep by breathing in the smell of his own blanket until he can imagine his mother reading a bedtime story to
him? p. 79-80

In which book does a boy remember that it was better to fall asleep while his mother was still reading a story, so she didn't get a chance to ruin it by
explaining the lesson afterwards? p. 80

In which book does a settlement wake up to a man shouting, "Get up, they're trying to sneak it out early!"? p. 80

In which book does a train for Chicago try to leave before the scheduled time so that nobody can jump on? p. 81

In which book does a boy miss a train partly because he has to go back for a blue piece of paper? p. 81 ff

In which book do four police cars and eight policemen try to prevent a crowd of men from jumping a train? p. 82

In which book does a cop throw down his hat and his billy club and say, "I don't like these odds. Mr. Pinkerton ain't paying me enough to do this"? p. 83


In which book do five cops throw down their hats and billy clubs rather than confront a crowd of more than four hundred desperate men? p. 83


In which book does a boy throw his suitcase into the open door of a speeding train? p. 84

In which book does the speed of a train blow a piece of paper out from under some twine and right into a boy's hand? p. 84

In which book does a suitcase look exactly the same, even after it's been thrown from a speeding train? p. 84

In which book do police bust up a shantytown? p. 85

In which book do police shoot holes in the bottoms of a settlement's pots and pans? p. 86
In which book does a boy figure that the only good thing to come out of a cardboard jungle was that he finally got to kiss a girl? p. 86


In which book does a boy think that a fact about how a good criminal chooses an alias, which he read in the Little-Big Book Gangbusters, must be a clue
to his own identity? p. 86

In which book is a boy disappointed to have to eat breakfast by himself, "without the brown sugar"? p. 88

In which book does a boy ask a librarian is he may borrow 'that book about how far one city is from another"? p. 89

In which book does a librarian remember that a boy's mother used to like mysteries and fairy tales? p. 89

In which book does a librarian remember that a boy always used to ask for books about the Civil War? p. 89

In which book is a boy not excited when a librarian says she has something special for him, because he knows "the kinds of things librarians think are
special"? p. 89

In which book does a boy look up the distance between two cities and find that it is 120 miles? p. 89

In which book does a boy figure that he will have to walk for twenty-four hours to reach another city? p. 90

In which book does a boy decide that the best time to begin a long walk will be at night? p. 90

In which book does a boy learn that he will have to pass through Owosso, Ovid, St. John's, Ionia and Lowell on the way to the place he wants to go? p.
90

In which book is a boy excited when a librarian hands him "a thick thick book called The Pictorial History of the War Between the States"? p. 90


In which book does a boy enjoy books about the Civil War not because he likes history, but because "the best gory pictures in the world came from the
Civil War"? p. 90
In which book does the main character think, "There's another thing that's strange about the library, it seems like time flies when you're in one"? p. 90


In which book does a boy spend an entire day at the library looking at a book about the Civil War? p. 90-91

In which book does a librarian tell a boy that she knows "knowledge is a food," but she still thinks he must be hungry since he never went out for lunch?
p. 91

In which book does a librarian give a boy a cheese sandwich in a paper bag? p. 91

In which book does a boy feel that an idea has grown inside his head just the way a little seed grows into a great big maple tree? p. 92-93


In which book does a boy believe that the papers he has must be a message his mother was trying to leave him? p. 94

In which book does a boy plan to walk "clean across" a state? p. 95

In which book do five advertising flyers give a group five different names? p. 95

In which book does a boy jump in and out of the edge of a city "around seven times before that [gets] boring"? p. 96-97

In which book does a boy realize that "twenty-four hours' worth or walking [is] a lot longer than [he] thought it would be"? p. 97

In which book does a boy think that the sounds he hears walking through the country at night are "the sounds of mouse bones and bug skeletons being
busted up by the teeth of bigger things"? p. 97



In which book does a boy think that the sounds of cats yowling at night in the country would make "your heart turn into a little cup of shaky yellow
custard if you were a mouse"? p. 97-98

In which book does a boy begin to feel he's been walking all night, though he's only passed through three little towns? p. 98
In which book does a boy begin to get careless about ducking into the bushes when cars pass by at night? p. 98

In which book does a man in a black army-style hat whistle loudly and shout "Say hey!" into the bushes at the side of the road? p. 99

In which book does a man remark that neither he nor a boy are where they should be at two-thirty in the morning? p. 99

In which book does a boy wonder how a man could tell where he's from after seeing his face for only a second in the headlights? p. 100


In which book does a man think that a "spare baloney and mustard sandwich and an apple" will make a person who is hiding come out? p. 100


In which book does a boy reveal where he's hiding by yelling out, "But I don't like mustard, sir"? p. 100

In which book does a boy try to convince a man to leave a sandwich, an apple, and an opened bottle of red pop at the side of the road? p. 101


In which book does a boy feel as though he is being hypnotized by a bottle of red pop? p. 102

In which book does a man wear "the kind of cap men wore who drive fancy cars for rich folks"? p. 102

In which book does the narrator advise, "When a Adult Tells You They Need Your Help with a Problem Get Ready to Be Tricked - Most Times This
Means They Just Want You to Go Fetch Something for Them"? p. 102-03



In which book does a man say that he feels very, very uncomfortable standing on the road outside Owosso at two-thirty in the morning? p. 103


In which book does a boy think that "red pop juicing up [his] brain" must have allowed him to come up with a particularly good lie? p. 104
In which book does a man say a city's name "like it was the most unbelievable thing in the world, like you'd need to put six exclamation points after it"?
p. 105

In which book does a boy ask to retrieve his luggage from the bushes? p. 105

In which book is a box labeled, "URGENT: CONTAINS HUMAN BLOOD!"? p. 106

In which book is a boy convinced that he has just accepted a ride from a vampire? p. 106

In which book is a boy worried that someone would prefer the boy's fresh blood to blood out of a bottle? p. 106

In which book does a boy crawl into a car's driver's seat and lock the doors before a man has a chance to get in? p. 106

In which book does a boy look at the gearshift of a car "to try to figure which way was 'Go'"? p. 106

In which book does a boy think that by taking off in a car he may be about to "knock Baby Face Nelson off the FBI's ten most wanted list"? p. 107


In which book does the main character drive a car "thirty giant steps before it commence[s] to bucking and finally cut[s] off"? p. 108


In which book does a boy claim that his pocket knife is "genuine solid twenty-four karat silver"? p. 109

In which book does a boy have to admit that he has never seen a vampire drive a car? p. 109

In which book does a boy ask a man to show him his teeth? p. 109-110

In which book is a man making an urgent delivery to Hurley Hospital? p. 110

In which book does a man tell a boy that he is will be thankful for the rest of his life that the boy didn't know how to put a car in gear? p. 110
In which book does a boy find himself being driven back along the road he has just walked? p. 110

In which book is a boy told that everybody in the city he's trying to reach knows his daddy? p. 111

In which book does a boy ask to have the sandwich and the rest of the red pop before he answers any more questions? p. 112

In which book does a boy think a baloney sandwich is the best he's had in his life, even if it does have mustard on it? p. 112

In which book is a boy asked, "Anyone ever told you you've got a little peanut-head? p. 113

In which book does a boy enjoy the look of some pieces of sandwich swimming around inside a bottle of red pop? p. 113-14

In which book does a boy feel that he will be safe in a car, but keep his jackknife open under his leg just in case? p. 115

In which book has a boy been accused of having a guilty conscience because he is such a light sleeper? p. 116

In which book does a boy have mosquito bites all over his face from a long walk at night? p. 116-17

In which book does a boy decide that he will have to go on pretending to be asleep until he get over being embarrassed that strangers have seen his
skinny legs? p. 117

In which book does a boy go on pretending to be asleep so he can learn some things about his father? p. 117-18

In which book is a boy warned that he won't be hungry for several days after he eats a woman's cooking for breakfast, because the meal will be "sitting
on [his] stomach like a rock for a good long time"? p. 119



In which book is a boy told that his head looks like one of George Washington Carver's experiments? p. 119

In which book is a boy asked if he's sure he's not from Tuskegee, Alabama? p. 119

In which book is a boy given some outgrown clothes that belonged to the son of his hostess? p. 120
In which book is a boy promised a special breakfast of pancakes, sausages, toast, and a big glass of orange juice? p. 120

In which book does a boy find that all his old clothes have disappeared except the drawers which he is still wearing? p. 121

In which book does a boy put his old dirty underdrawers in the pocket of his new hand-me-down pants, because he's embarrassed to have strangers see
his dirty underwear? p. 121

In which book is a boy pleased that he new secondhand clothes are long pants and not knickers? p. 121

In which book is a boy pleased to have been given his first pair of long trousers? p. 121

In which book does a man introduce the main character to his favorite grandkids? p. 121

In which book does a man have to admit that his favorite granddaughter and grandson are also his least favorite granddaughter and grandson, since he
has only two grandchildren? p. 121-22



In which book is a boy who is asked if his daddy used to beat him able to reply truthfully, "Shucks, my daddy never laid a hand on me in his life"? p. 122


In which book is a boy who has never tasted sausages before sure he's going to like them if that's what is making the house smell so good? p. 123


In which book is a family getting ready to eat the sausages which the grandfather brought along with him from Grand Rapids? p. 123

In which book does a girl make a boy promise to give a truthful answer to the question she will ask him after she sings a song she made up herself? p.
123

In which book does a boy think that a girl's original song is about the worst he's ever heard? p. 124

In which book does a brother threaten to tell their mother that his sister has a pancake in the pocket of her dress? p. 125
In which book does a boy tell two other children that his momma died so quickly and painlessly that "she didn't even have time to close her eyes, [and]
she didn't even have time to make a face like she was hurting"? p. 125



In which book does a boy watch how much food members of the family take from each plate, and how much food the children put on their forks each
time, so he won't "look like a pig"? p. 126

In which book does a boy think that it is really hard to eat breakfast with a family because they talk all the time and keep trying to make him talk too? p.
126

In which book does a boy find it hard to break the habit of having to be quiet while you eat? p. 127

In which book does a woman explain what a redcap is? p. 127

In which book do redcaps and Pullman porters both work with the railroad? p. 127

In which book are two kids the children of a Pullman porter? p. 128

In which book does a man claim that his daughter "used to be such a bad cook that her fried chicken was known to have turned a chicken hawk into a
vegetarian"? p. 128

In which book does a man claim that his daughter's cooking used to be so bad that a friend of his called her pancakes, "paincakes"? p. 128


In which book does a man send a telegram to the Log Cabin to give news of a boy's whereabouts? p. 131

In which book does a man explain that telegram messages are kept as short as possible because "the more letters you use the more money you have to
pay"? p. 131

In which book does a man claim that he would have been proud to have one of his kids run away from home and get as far as he thinks a boy has? p. 132
In which book does a man explain that "stop" is "the telegram office's way to saying 'period'"? p. 132

In which book does a boy think that red flashing lights coming up behind a car must be the FBI coming to get him? p. 132

In which book does a boy decide that a man must be on the lam like he is himself, because the man's name is clearly an alias? p. 133


In which book is a boy told to slide a box under his car seat, stay put, and not say anything to the police? p. 134

In which book are the police on the lookout for "stinking labor organizers"? p. 135

In which book does a man congratulate a boy on surviving vampires, bad cooking, and "feared and loathsome labor organizers"? p. 136


In which book does a man explain labor organizers and unions? p. 136

In which book is a boy told to look inside a box, and warned that "what's in there is very dangerous"? p. 136-37

In which book does a man tell a boy that "it would've been curtains for us if that copper would've seen what's in" a box? p. 137


In which book is a boy prepared to be scared to death by the contents of a box, but find that it only has some papers in it? p. 138


In which book do papers give notice of a meeting of a branch of the Brotherhood of Pullman Porters? p. 138

In which book have papers to announce a meeting involving the forming of a union branch had to be printed out of town? p. 139

In which book do the smooth ride and the "boring stories about the railroad and the union and baseball" make it easy for a boy to sleep in a car? p. 139-
40

In which book does a man speculate that a musician's big Packard would have to burn premium instead of ethyl gasoline? p. 140
In which book does a building look "like it was made out of giant chopped-down trees"? p. 140

In which book does a boy ask to go to meet his father by himself, because his situation is very embarrassing? p. 141

In which book does a man feel he should "hand-deliver" a boy since the boy has just run away? p. 141

In which book does a boy wait in the dark between the outside and inside doors of a building for several minutes before he goes back outside to fetch his
luggage? p. 142

In which book is a boy advised that "the next time [he's] of a mind to do a little traveling" he should come on down to the train station first? p. 143


In which book does a boy feel that he must be related to a man because they talk just alike: "lying, or at least doing some real good exaggerating"? p. 144


In which book does a man claim that he once won the Golden Gloves as a middleweight boxer? p. 144

In which book does a man tell how he once boxed a Chicago fighter by the name of Jordan "Snaggletooth" MacNevin? p. 145

In which book does a boy think that "only two folks with the same blood" would have exactly the same idea about not being a quitter when you know
you're bested in a fight? p. 146

In which book is a boy shocked and worried to find that a man's face is "real old" and his hand is wrinkly? p. 146-47

In which book do men finally recognize a boy from a "crazy telegram"? p. 150

In which book is a boy asked whether, since the had no family members, he was living in an orphanage? p. 151

In which book is a boy invited to come along to the Sweet Pea? p. 152

In which book is a boy invited to share a restaurant meal on the condition that he explains the entire situation afterward? p. 152
In which book is a boy invited to the first restaurant meal he has ever eaten? p. 152-53

In which book does the "palest member" of a band play the piano? p. 153

In which book does a man say he doesn't know why "young musicians can't just leave the perfectly good names their mommas gave them alone"? p.
153-54

In which book is a boy asked to help load cases into a car in return for his supper? p. 154

In which book does a man give a boy "a long skinny black suitcase that [has] a leather handle on top of it" and confuse the boy by saying, "be careful,
that's my bread and butter in there"? p. 154

In which book is a boy told that only two men in the group he's met are old enough to be called "sir"? p. 155

In which book does a boy decide not to take a man's advice to rush up to an older man, give him a big hug, and plant a "big juicy kiss right on the top of
his shiny bald head"? p. 156

In which book is a boy immediately sorry he's called someone "a mean old coot" in front of a bunch of people he doesn't know? p. 156-57


In which book is a big old black Buick loaded with "a bunch of funny-shaped black suitcases"? p. 158

In which book is a boy asked whether his mother was "as old as sand" when he was born? p. 158

In which book does a boy who is asked whether his mother was very old when he was born answer that she was - she was twenty years old? p. 158-59


In which book does a man ask a boy whether he can borrow the words "my eyes don't cry no more" for the name of a song? p. 159

In which book is a boy told that a man "changes drummers the way most folks change their drawers"? p. 160

In which book does a restaurant consist of ten card tables and folding chairs set up in someone's living room? p. 161
In which book does a boy think that his first smell of a restaurant must be exactly the way heaven smells? p. 161-62

In which book does a boy think that the first restaurant he's ever visited must be the best one in the world? p. 162

In which book does a restaurant have a table with a sign saying "RESERVED NBC"? p. 162

In which book does a restaurant use a sign which uses the abbreviation "NBC" so they don't have to keep changing it all the time? p. 162


In which book is a boy introduced to a vocal stylist? p. 163

In which book is a boy tempted to say the hornet stings on his face are vampire bites? p. 163

In which book does a man admit that he noticed a boy's face was a little swollen, but point out that they were in a dark place and besides "there are some
folks who just naturally have lopsided heads"? p. 164



In which book does an older man complain that a boy seems to have "a case of diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain"? p. 165


In which book does a group's leader give orders for one of the members to take his seat at a restaurant table? p. 166

In which book does a man say that he thinks a boy has "the look of a future sax man about him"? p. 166

In which book does a young woman tell a restaurant waitress that a boy is a guest who is to be impressed with something special? p. 167


In which book does a waitress apologize to a boy for mistaking him for a musician? p. 167

In which book does a woman order a restaurant meal of meat loaf, okra, mashed potatoes, and apple cider for a boy? p. 167
In which book is a boy impressed that two men at his table at a restaurant order meals that are "all the way different" from his? p. 168


In which book is a boy pleased to have a woman say they'll wait to talk about a difficult subject tomorrow, because that means he's not going to be sent
back right away? p. 169

In which book is a boy think a piece of sweet potato pie with whipped cream for dessert is called "On the House"? p. 169-70

In which book does a woman's humming remind a boy of the feeling of a faraway train coming on the railroad tracks? p. 170-71


In which book does a man tell such funny stories in a restaurant that strangers at tables nearby stop eating and start to laugh and throw in their two cents'
worth? p. 171

In which book can a man "eat and talk and laugh and drink and sneeze whilst keeping a toothpick dangling out of his mouth"? p. 171-72


In which book is a boy sitting in a restaurant when he is suddenly hit hard by the feeling that he's finally come to the place where he is supposed to be? p.
172

In which book is a boy embarrassed to be smiling and laughing one minute and suddenly be crying so hard that he isn't able to stop? p. 172-73


In which book does a boy feel as though the "old rusty valve" which has been keeping his tears inside for years suddenly has opened up? p. 172-73


In which book is a boy introduced to a house with a name? p. 175

In which book is a house named after a train station in New York City? p. 176

In which book does a bedroom have "a little table like the kind you see in the moving pictures that women use to put lipstick on" and a lamp with a
picture of a brown horse on the shade? p. 176
In which book is a boy told he won't be able to fit his things into the closets of a guest room because "There're a lot of old things in there that [the owner
of the house] really needs to clear out"? p. 176



In which book does a boy think that two little closet doors look "like they were just the right size for a young Frankenstein or wolfman to come busting
out of once all the grown folks left the room"? p. 177



In which book is a boy worried by the fact that he won't be able to block both the closet doors in the room where he's been told to sleep? p. 177


In which book is a boy assured that two closets with "little monster-size doors"contain only girl's clothes and toys? p. 177

In which book is a boy worried when he figures out that he is "going to have to spend the night in the room of a little dead girl"? p. 178


In which book does a man stomp into a room and lock both the closet doors? p. 179

In which book is a boy warned not to do any snooping anywhere in the house where he is a guest, because there are "little secret bells all over everything
and when something's stolen the bell goes off"? p. 180



In which book does a boy feel that a man shouldn't worry about his stealing anything from the house, because although the boy is a liar he has never
stolen anything except food from a garbage can? p. 181



In which book is one wall of a bedroom covered with pictures of horses, cut out of magazines and stuck on the wall with thumbtacks? p. 182


In which book does a boy look in the drawer of a dressing table because he's be warned not to do it? p. 182

In which book is a boy impressed that he's going to be sleeping on a bed with two sheets? p. 183
In which book does a boy decide that sleeping between two sheets must be the secret of how rich people can sleep so well? p. 184-85


In which book does waking up and seeing all his clothes folded in a neat pile remind a boy of things his mother used to do? p. 185

In which book does a man say he's pleased a boy is staying for a while, because that means the man "didn't go digging around in the basement for
nothing"? p. 186

In which book is a boy surprised by the loud noise when he pulls the chain on an indoor toilet? p. 186

In which book does a boy think that an "inside-the-house outhouse" is going to be hard to get used to? p. 186-87

In which book does a boy think that a woman must have to put all her diamond rings into a box "that the sparkles can't get out of" before she can go to
sleep? p. 187

In which book does an older man go outside to work on his car saying, "I don't like the way Loudean is sounding, I'ma have a look at her plugs"? p. 187


In which book is a boy amazed to be told that he has slept until noon, "as long as those rich folks in the moving pictures!"? p. 187

In which book is a boy asked whether he can wait half an hour for lunch since he slept through breakfast? p. 188

In which book is a boy told that his ears should have been burning the night before, because he was "the subject of a very long conversation"? p. 188


In which book is a boy told that if he stays at a house, he's going to have lots of chores and be expected to pull his own weight? p. 189


In which book is a boy warned that the people in the house where he will be staying all like a very clean house and are not used to having children
around? p. 189

In which book does a beautiful woman tell a boy, "I knew you were an old toughie the minute I saw you"? p. 190
In which book is a boy warned that the group will do a lot of traveling in the next couple of months, so it is to be hoped that he doesn't mind long car
trips? p. 190-91

In which book is a boy asked whether he's attached to a suitcase or to the things inside it? p. 191

In which book is a boy warned, "if you're going to be traveling with us it just wouldn't look too copacetic for you to be carrying that ratty old bag"? p.
192

In which book is a boy given an old alto saxophone case? p. 192

In which book does a boy love the smell of an old saxophone case, "like dried-up slobber and something dead"? p. 193

In which book does a group's leader have "Rules to Guarantee You Have No Female Companionship, No Alcohol and No Fun at All"? p. 193


In which book is a boy told that it is a rule to practice two hours a day? p. 193

In which book is a boy given a wooden recorder to practice on? p. 194

In which book is a boy told that once he's practiced the recorder for a while and developed his embouchure, he can move on to something a little more
complicated? p. 194

In which book is "ax" another name for a musical instrument? p. 195

In which book do members of a band convene to pick a name for the newest member of the group? p. 195

In which book does a man claim that the French word for "bone" is "la bone"? p. 196

In which book is a boy tapped on the head three times with a recorder and told to rise and be welcome to the group with his new name? p. 196-97
In which book does mopping make a boy remember the time his Momma read him a book called Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Sea? p. 198


In which book does a boy have an imaginary conversation with Captain Nemo while he is mopping a floor? p. 198-99

In which book has a boy been ordered to wipe down all the tables and chairs and clear-mop the floor twice? p. 199

In which book does a boy feel that an older man is "doing a real bad job at" trying to work him like a dog? p. 199

In which book does a boy have the feeling that the man who has ordered him to mop the floors has no idea how much fun he's having? p. 199


In which book is a boy having a great time wringing out the head of a mop in the top of the mop bucket? p. 199-200

In which book does a boy pretend that the head of a mop is "somebody at a washing machine not paying attention to what he was doing and getting his
whole body pulled through and wrungeded out"? p. 200



In which book does music sound like steadily falling rain and Niagara Falls and moaning talk? p. 200-01

In which book does the blending of instruments' sounds remind the main character of the blending of smells in the library? p. 201-02


In which book does the main character think that while a band sounds like the sounds of a storm, a woman's voice is like "the sun busting through thick,
gray clouds"? p. 202

In which book does a singer use mostly nonsense sounds instead of words? p. 202-03

In which book does a boy's first week in his new home include three road trips? p. 204

In which book is a man told that the only reason he has his job is that he's Dutch, he's white, and he doesn't "have the strongest personality in the world"?
p. 205
In which book is there always a white member of the band, "for practical reasons"? p. 205

In which book has a man put a piece of property in the name of one of his employees for legal reasons? p. 205

In which book does one member of the group make the arrangements when a band is wanted for polkas and waltzes? p. 205-06


In which book does a group perform at a place called the Laughing Jackass? p. 206

In which book is a boy allowed to sleep on the stage and guard the instruments? p. 206

In which book does a man stand outside a building for a while pushing rocks around with his toe? p. 207

In which book does a man ask a boy to bend over and pick up a small stone for him? p. 207

In which book does a boy immediately realize that saying "What in Sam Hill are you going to do with a doggone rock? p. is the worst possible way to
ask a question? 208

In which book does an older man say that picking up rocks is a bad habit of his? p. 208

In which book is the glove compartment of a car filled with "perfect throwing rocks"? p. 208

In which book does a boy find that the rocks in a car are just like some he has himself? p. 208

In which book does a boy climb over the front seat and back again to fetch some rocks from his case? p. 209

In which book is a boy accused of "rummaging around in that room [he has] been sleeping in"? p. 210

In which book do dates on two rocks refer to a time more than twenty-five years earlier? p. 211

In which book does a boy tell some men that his mother was named Angela Janet? p. 212
In which book does an older man lock himself in his bedroom and refuse to come out? p. 214

In which book is a boy asked, "How'd your momma pass? p. 215

In which book does a boy tell how his mother was too sick to go to work for six days in a row, and then died quickly without suffering? p. 215


In which book is a boy asked to describe how his mother looked? p. 216

In which book are people surprised to hear that a boy has a picture of his mother? p. 216

In which book does a boy find a man sitting on a little chair in front of the dressing table in the room where he's been sleeping? p. 217


In which book does a man sit on a little chair in front of a girl's dressing table and make sounds as though he has trouble breathing? p. 217


In which book is a boy amazed to see the tracks of tears coming out from behind an older man's hands? p. 218

In which book is a boy amazed to find that a mean old man is "bawling his eyes out"? p. 218

In which book does the main character state, "The Older You Get, the Worse Something Has to Be to Make You Cry"? p. 219

In which book does a boy cautiously put his hand on the back of a man who is crying? p. 219

In which book does a boy rub a crying man's shoulder several times? p. 220

In which book do people remember Joey Pegus and his Broke-Back Bucking Bronco"? p. 221

In which book does a man definitely recognize the little girl sitting on top of a horse in a photograph? p. 221

In which book does a boy learn that he has been sleeping in his mother's room? p. 222
In which book does a boy learn that his mother ran away from her father? p. 222

In which book does a woman remember how a man always said he had to be hard on his daughter because "Easy-go don't make the mare run. ... She's got
to be ready"? p. 222-23

In which book is a boy told that his grandfather is hard to get along with because "he expects so much out of everybody, himself included"? p. 223


In which book does a boy hear of his grandfather's dream that his mother would go to college and become a teacher? p. 223-24

In which book is a boy given a picture of his mother which someone else has kept for thirteen years? p. 224

In which book is a boy given a picture in an iron frame? p. 224

In which book do the eyes of a woman in a foggy-edged photograph seem to follow the viewer all the time? p. 224-25

In which book has a father been hoping for eleven years that someday he'll look out into the audience and see his daughter again? p. 226


In which book has a man been collecting rocks ever since his four-year-old daughter asked for one? p. 226

In which book does a boy hear how a little girl once asked her father to bring her "a wock from Chicago"? p. 226

In which book does an older man have boxes full of eleven years' worth of rocks? p. 226

In which book do men "put a couple of nickels together" and buy a present from a pawnshop? p. 228

In which book does a cardboard suitcase hold a present purchased at a pawnshop? p. 228

In which book is a shiny golden present wrapped in a cardboard suitcase and crinkled newspapers? p. 229

In which book is a horn rusted on some of the seams and a little dented? p. 229
In which book has a man repadded, refelted, and resprung a present before he gives it to the main character? p. 229

In which book is a boy told to take some Brasso and a rag and shine up his new possession? p. 230

In which book is a boy promised a music lesson around seven o'clock, provided he polishes his instrument first? p. 230

In which book does a boy claim that he's going to practice so much that he'll be as good as a group of professionals "in about three weeks"? p. 230


In which book does a boy run upstairs holding two pictures, an instrument, and a can of Brasso? p. 231

In which book does a boy take his old blanket out of a case and remake his bed with it? p. 232

In which book does a boy use a thumbtack to put a photograph next to all the other horse pictures tacked to the wall of his room? p. 233


In which book does a boy feel that he doesn't need many things to remind him of his mother? p. 234

In which book does a boy count to ten, blow as hard as he can, and produce noises "like ahwronk and roozahga and baloopa"? p. 235


In which book does a boy think that squeaks and squawks are the sounds of "one door closing and another one opening"? p. 235

				
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