Today, Monday, August 4, is our first day of school; so here is something educational.
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Richard Peck said that he likes to end a novel where he started. Although I didn't quite do that, this passage is close to the end of my YA manuscript. Ben finds himself back in class talking about the robber barons, just like the very first sentence of BEING BENITO CARLEFFA, which I posted last week. Although this is not eight lines, some of the sentences are short and quick, so I decided to include the entire scene. Although just about every hand in the room is up, except Ben's, the teacher calls on him and asks, "Who were the robber barons?"
“Famous dead guys who ripped dudes off to get rich,” I said, but then blurted, “No. They aren’t all dead.”
“Who are you talking about, Ben? Are we turning class into a political discussion?” Ms. Link smiled as if she were waiting for her compare and contrast moment. She’d always said, “History repeats itself” and now she was hoping I’d prove it true.
I shook my head, but she refused to move to another student.
“Can I use the bathroom?”
“You may after you answer my question.”
I stood and dragged my feet to the door. Before heading out, I grit my teeth and said, “My father.”