After reading the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque I found that I have learned many new things about World War I. Some things I learned had great interest to me, and others I wish I had never learned. The novel is narrated by the main character named Paul Baumer. Paul is a young man who is fighting for Germany during World War I. He is fighting in the trenches on the French front, hence where the title All Quiet on the Western Front comes from. I found that throughout the story there were some main messages that the author is trying to get across. The first is how horrible and devastating war can be. This is shown by the detail that the author goes into with how each of Paul’s friends dies and how the author describes the gore and bloodiness in each battle.The second is how war can affect a soldier. This is shown when the soldiers are sitting and discussing their plans for after the war and most of them say that they feel that the war will never end and how all they now know is war. Finally, there is a message about how human instinct can save lives and also cost lives. The author shows how it can save lives when Paul knew to run and hide at certain times and it shows how it can cost lives when Paul killed the soldier that jumped in the hole with him. I found that I really enjoyed reading All Quiet on the Western Front. It kept my interest because I love books that are about wars and brotherhood. The novel shows how horrible and depressing war really is, rather than how people recently render it as honorable and glorious.This novel tells a timeless story of brotherhood and war. Paul Baumer is a nineteen year old student, who in the past has been a compassionate and sensitive person. This all changed once he and several of his friends voluntarily joined the army after listening to speeches that made them “want to be a part of it all” thinking that war was honorable and glorious. They then went to the brutal and cruel army camp for about ten weeks. The camp got them prepared for their entry into “The Great War”, which later on in history became known as World War I. It also showed the young men that war is not so glorious or honorable at all, but more physical terror and brutality.As the war goes on more and more soldiers become wounded and are killed. The only positive affect of all the deaths is that each day each soldier gets more food; in other words, they eat the food that would have been consumed by the soldiers that have been killed. After being involved in the actual war for a short two weeks, Paul’s company is granted a short reprieve. Out of the original one hundred and fifty man company, the only eight surviving men get to go on this reprieve. During their reprieve they visit a fellow soldier that had lost a leg and is slowly dying. As Paul and the other soldiers are watching their good friend’s life coming to an end, they begin to feel the effects of the war. These effects fall under the category of fright, sorrow, sympathy, and just extreme emotional pain. He also feels something called survivor’s guilt, which is how someone feels if they survive a tragedy while others close to them do not.On returning to the war after their reprieve, Paul’s company has been reinforced with new soldiers. During one of their few down times during the war, Paul and his new soldier friends joke around and say alternatives to war. For example, one of his closer friends named Kat comments and says that if all the men involved in the war were paid the same and fed the same, the war would be over immediately. Another one of Paul’s closer friends named Kropp jokes that there should be no armies; instead the nation’s leaders should fight out any disagreements with clubs.One of Paul’s least favorite people, named Himmelstoss, joins his company. This is unfortunate because no one gets along with him. Himmelstoss’s behavior causes Paul’s friends, Kropp and Tjaden, to be put on trial for insubordination. Their lieutenant gives Kropp and Tjaden a light punishment of three days arrest for Tjaden and one days arrest for Kropp. The lieutenant also lectures Himmelstoss on his behavior.In chapter four, the men have to do one of their usual tormenting nightly duties of laying barbed wire at the front. This night however the enemy is firing heavy artillery at Paul’s company. They go to hide in a nearby grave yard when the force of the incoming shells causes the buried bodies to come out of the ground. This is in a way ironic because as the soldiers get shot they fall and die next to the risen dead bodies. The surviving soldiers then go back to their camps and discuss their plans after the war. Most of the soldiers believe that the war will never come to an end but they still have dreams about their plans for after the war.During one of their most cruel battles of the war, men are ripped apart from explosions. During this horrible display of warfare Paul realizes that he has to rely on his instinct to keep him alive. After the brutal battle only thirty two of the original eighty men return to camp. In order to recuperate after such a mentally and physically damaging battle, Paul and his friends go to a nearby lake to swim. During this swim they all run into a group of French girls. They all attempt to bond with the girls, but Paul finds himself unsuccessful because he feels that the war has changed him too much. He felt that all he knows now is war.Shortly after the brutal battle, Paul is sent on a seventeen day leave to see his family. When he is home he finds that he is unable to talk about the war with anyone. He also learns that his mother is slowly dying of cancer. This made it harder for him to return to the war because he wanted to be with his family during this horrible time. Before he returns to war, Paul visits Kemmerich’s mother and tells her of her son’s death.In chapter eight, Paul is returning to the war when he stops by one of their Russian soldier prisons. He takes the time to stop and talk to the prisoners. He finds that the Russian soldiers are just like him, and he wonders how there can be a war between countries that have no grudge against each other. When he returns to his company he finds that the German emperor is visiting them.Soon after that, during a battle, Paul’s instinctive fighting style takes a turn on him. During an attack he is forced to hide in a shell hole to protect himself. A French soldier then jumps in the hole with him for protection from cross fire, not knowing that Paul was already in there. Paul instinctively stabs the innocent French soldier and causes the soldier to have a slow and extremely painful death. He is quickly filled with regret and sorrow for having hurt the French soldier because he feels that he was not a threat nor an enemy to him; but just a victim of war like himself. After the battle calms down he goes through his victim’s things and finds out that the French soldier had a wife and children. He then can’t get over the fact that he destroyed an innocent family and is filled with even more regret and grief.For the next few weeks, Paul and his friends are sent on an assignment to guard a supply depot that seems to be easier than what they are used to. However, during an attack on their supply depot, both Kropp and Paul are wounded by a falling shell and sent to a nearby hospital. Paul has to get surgery due to his wounds and Kropp needs to get his leg amputated. Kropp becomes extremely depressed due to his injuries, which results in him to leaving his friends in the army.Starting in chapter eleven, the German army begins to be increasingly weakened. Paul’s army goes through this spiraling downfall. During this downfall he has to watch each of his friends slowly die off one by one. One of Paul’s closest friends named Detering is killed and court-martialed while he is running from the enemy soldiers. Another one of his closest friends, named Kat, is killed when a piece of shrapnel slices his head open while Paul is attempting to carry him to safety.By the fall of 1918, Paul is the only one of his group of friends who is still alive. There are rumors around that the Germans are going to surrender and peace will finally come. Shortly after, Paul is poisoned during a gas attack. While in the hospital, he thinks about his plans for after the war. He feels that he has changed and all he knows is war and that he is unable to return to a peaceful life.Shortly after Paul recovery, he returns to battle. In October of 1918 there is a day that that the army calls “All Quiet on the Western Front” meaning it was a quiet day and there was very little fighting. On that day Paul is finally killed. The novel concludes with the author stating that Paul’s corpse has a very calm expression, in a way it is though he is relieved that the end has come at last.As a reader, I am very critical and judgmental about the piece in which I am reading. This causes me to dislike many things that I read. I have read few novels about wars but the majority of the novels I read about wars I have liked. The same goes for All Quiet on the Western Front.I really enjoyed this novel because I felt that the author accurately portrayed how life was like for a soldier during World War I. The quality and organization of this book was outstanding because each time that Paul was able to go home it made me have tears of joy because he was able to see his family. The quality of the book was also so strong when Paul killed the French soldier and was emotionally distraught, and when each of his friends died, I had tears of sorrow. Also this novel just was so strong in detail that I could picture every scene and could even accurately figure out what Paul was thinking. One part of the book that is hard to get off my mind is when Paul instinctively killed the French soldier and became very depressed and regretful for doing it. The author describes his feelings so well that I started to feel how Paul must have felt and it brought me to tears. I know it is impossible for me to feel exactly what he felt, but I got the whole idea of his feelings. I feel that the novel really affected me because Paul is the same age as me.I learned many new things about World War I and European culture that I did not know about before. Some things that I learned were of great interest to me, and some things I wish I had never learned. An example of something that I learned is how ironic it is that Germany was being ruled by a small puny man. A second thing that I learned that is good is how close the soldiers became; it was as if they were all brothers. The author portrays this by showing how Paul attempted to carry Kat so safety. Of course this also backfires by how horrible it is each time Paul loses a friend. My last example is how similar and not dangerous some of the soldiers were. You can see this similarity when Paul visits the Russian soldier prison and talks to some of the Russian soldiers.An example of something I wish I never learned is how quickly people died in combat. The author portrays this by stating how in two weeks, a company of one hundred and fifty men only eight were alive. Also, I wish I never learned that soon as a soldier recovers from an injury, they are sent back into battle. The author portrays this by showing how in just a few weeks after surgery, Paul goes right back to fighting. In addition, I wish I never learned how war changes people so much. The author shows this by describing how because of the war, all Paul knew was war and never thought it would end.If someone was to tell me to find ways to improve the novel, I would have a very hard time. I found that I couldn’t improve the book if I tried. The author did an exceptional job of describing how horrible war is through this brilliant novel. The structure and organization of the book was ideal. The details in the book were phenomenal. The historical accurateness was right on the target. Finally, the content of the novel was one of a kind and worthy of a reward. If I have time over the summer I will definitely read this novel again.Overall, I found that All Quiet on the Western Front to be a classic. I can see why this book is called “The Greatest War Novel of All Time”. In my opinion it was perfect in every way. It had its happy points and its sad points but throughout the whole novel, it never lost my attention. The quality of the words written was so strong that I was brought to tears of joy during moments of hope, and tears of sorrow during moments of misery. The content was also extremely accurate for a novel about war based on real events. This book has the rare quality and uniqueness that each time I had to stop reading I would constantly wonder what would happen next. The novel shows how horrible and depressing war really is, rather than how people recently render it as honorable and glorious. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read and enjoys books about war or books about a soldier’s life.
One of these treatments was bloodletting and was used by characters in the book. When Mattie, the main character, is diagnosed with yellow fever she is taken to Bush Hill hospital, which used successful methods of treatment that resemble the modern treatment of illnesses. The real life hospital was run by Dry. Jean Device, whose treatments became so successful that he became a significant figure in eradicating yellow fever. Readers will enjoy this story because of its historical aspects and compelling storyline. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a prime example of historical fiction.
It is eased on racism in the south that took place during the first half of the 20th century. While it is not inspired by a particular event, the attitudes and behaviors towards African Americans at the time is accurately represented and explored. This is especially evident in a case described by the book involving the alleged rape of a white woman, Male Lowell by an African American named Tom Robinson. Despite the facts overwhelmingly proving Robinsons innocence (for example: it was shown that it was Lowell, not Robinson, who made any sexual advances), he loses the case through the decision of an all white Jury.
This extreme bias in Robinsons conviction, along with the community’s hostility towards Robinsons lawyer for defending a black man, and Robinsons brutal murder upon conviction are powerfully reflective of southern ideals during the better half of the 20th century. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is another good example of historical fiction. It is set during the historical Nazi occupation of Copenhagen during World War II. The story begins at a point when the Nazis have been occupying Denmark for 3 years; the story accurately represents aspects of the Nazi occupation. For example, the German
Nazis were known for their invasive methods when seeking out Jews, something that family, are not Jewish but are protecting Jews from the Nazis. At some point in the story, a Nazi soldier singles out a Jewish girl that is living with the Johannes; Mr.. Johannes shows the soldier baby pictures of the Jewish girl in which she has blonde hair in order to deceive the soldier. The book describes several more instances where Nazis invade and nearly intervene on the Johannes’ secret attempts at protecting Jews. Another tragic aspect of the book is the murders of several Jewish characters by the end of the war.
The killing of Jews during World War II is a historical fact that is also significant to the book. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an accurate portrayal of what life was like for women during the Civil War era. The book follows the lives of the four protagonists, sisters Meg, Joe, Beth, and Amy as they grow up and find their place as women in a historically male dominated society. Certain moments in their lives are examples of this. For example, at some point one of the sister’s, Joe, gives up being a tomboy to instead learn how to be more “lady like” so that she may find success as an aspiring writer.
This example showed how society during the time favored conventional femininity. Another example is shown through the youngest sibling, Amy, who gives up her career as an artist to get married. These instances demonstrate the importance placed domesticity and marriage in 19th century America. Overall, however, Little Women offers positive, liberal, and diverse views of a women’s life, portraying women in unconventional roles that inspired women in real life and will inspire young readers.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicker is a unique example of a children’s adventure series, as the adventure is driven by the countless tragedies hat occur to the main characters: the Baudelaire siblings. Their Journey begins after the Baudelaire parents die in a house fire, forcing them to live with Count Loaf, a distant relative, who is after the Baudelaire fortune. The Baudelaire children soon run away from Count Loaf because of his cruelty towards them. In the stories, Loaf goes after the children; he adopts various disguises, commits arson, and murder (among other atrocities) in attempts to capture the Baudelaire children.
The children encounter a different, strange situation in every book, finding out things about their Emily history as they try to run from their distant relative. For example, throughout the stories they constantly attempt to solve the enigmatic acronym W. F. D”, a secret organization their parents and other relations were members of. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funk contains copious amounts of adventure in its fantasy setting. This book fits well in the adventure genre because its protagonists- encounter strange creatures and fantastic situations during their Journey.
The story begins with dragons who leave their homeland in order to escape humansвЂ?humans are supposedly threatening their homeland. One of the dragons tells a the other dragons to try and find a place on earth called the Rim of HeavenвЂ?supposedly the last place on earth that dragons will be truly safe. The Journey to find this place is where the true adventure begins -along the way, dragons from unlikely relationships with humans, who help them fight off odd creatures, travel around the world, and form new bonds in order to find the mysterious Rim of Heaven.
The long venture across the earth and its diverse situations makes this story exiting for young readers. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has recently become an extremely popular dyspepsia adventure novel. This book qualifies as a prime example of the adventure genre because the protagonists must risk their lives and endure physical danger in an event called The Hunger Games where teenagers are forced to battle each other to the death. The games take place in the made-up Nation of Panel in North America, which is made up of 12 districts, who participate in the game, and a Capitol, which organizes it.
One instance where a protagonist partakes in a risky situation in the novel is when Catkins Overseen from district 12 forms an alliance with a girl from another district, who is eventually killed by a rival tribute (the novel’s word for player); Catkins then kills the tribute. PETA, a tribute from district 12 at some point is confronted with killing Catkins but does not do so out of personal interest. PETA and Catkins also risk their relationship to one another by pretending to be romantically involved during the games in order to gain favor with the audience.
Ultimately, their alliance cause them to be the last survivorsвЂ?both winning The Hunger Games. While reading this story, it is hard not ignore the amount of perilous action that takes place in the story, proving its place in the adventure genre. Curious George by H. A. Ray is a light, humorous take on adventure. It is an adventure book because George, an extremely curious monkey, constantly finds himself in varied situations, all of which are dangerous and exiting. George’s venture begins when a man in a yellow hat takes him from the Jungle and brings him to the big city to place him in a zoo.
On the cruise to the city, George falls off the boat from attempting to imitate seagulls; he is saved when the crew spots him in the Atlantic Ocean. He gets into even more trouble once they arrive at the city. When George sees the Man (the man wearing a yellow hat, as he is referred to in the book) make a telephone call, he tries to make a phone call himself. Unfortunately, George ends up calling the fire station and is taken to Jail. In his final stunt, George encounters a balloon vendor upon escaping from Jail and gets swept away by all the balloons.
He lands on a traffic signal, whereupon he is found by the man and finally taken to the zoo, proving ultimately that curiosity is certainly a recipe for adventure. Is illustrated and adds to the fantasy in the book, making it a standout in the picture book genre. The story is set during Christmas Eve where a young boy boards a train full of young children headed for the North Pole to see who will receive the first gift f Christmas from Santa Claus. One aspect of the illustration in the book that is remarkable is its ability to set a mood.
The consistently deep color palette, realistic style, and unique depiction of scene cause the reader to feel the excitement and anticipation of the young children. A particular page that demonstrates the books ability to visually affect the reader is the page where the main character (the young boy) realizes he has lost the gift Santa gave him (a bell from his sleigh) on his way back home from meeting him. The scene shows the children crowded around him, ACH with a unique expression on their faces that display awe and wonder.
The inside of the train is lit in a warm yellow glow, giving a sense of comfort in contrast with the dark, cold night outside. The words on the page are truly illuminated by this aesthetically rich scene. The Giving Tree by Shell Silversides features simple illustrations that perfectly match its straightforward and poignant story. The story is about a boy and a tree who develop a relationship (which is comparable to a maternal relationship) over timeвЂ? the tree offers itself (its apples; its branches) to the boy until the boy is an old man ND there is almost nothing left of the tree.
This book inspires the reader to develop an emotional connection to the two characters by using a minimal, black and white linear style and by depicting solely the main characters. In addition, Sultriness’s simplistic style helps emphasize the moral of the story, promoting thought and analysis of its message. A particularly moving page that showcases the motiveless of the illustration is the very last page. At this point the tree has been reduced to a stump and the boy has grown old and asks the tree for a place to sit, at which point he tree offers its stump as a resting place.
The small, plain text coupled with the drawing of the old man hunched over on the tree stump is both powerful and memorable imagery. Another book that uses a simple style is Ian Falconer’s Olivia. However, instead trying to communicate a serious emotional message like The Giving Tree, Falconer uses his minimal style for comedic effect and to emphasize Olivia, the main hyperactive young pig whose energy exasperates both her parents and at times even herself. Falconer offsets the potentially reductive quality of his black and white sketches with dashes of red on every page.
This red evokes liveliness and is mostly seen on or around Olivia; thus, the red seems to be an expression of Olive’s hyperactivity. This expressive quality of red is best seen in the part of the book when her mother tells her it is nap time and Olivia does not seem to be tired. Here, Olivia dances and Jumps across two pages. The red pajamas she is wearing as she dances help evoke movement and energy, demonstrating a unique Juxtaposition of story and illustration. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sensed features bright and peculiar imagery that matches its fantastic storyline.
This story is a hallmark of the picture kook genre because it is impossible to image this story without its illustrationвЂ?every creature is depicted with exceptional imagination and creativity. The story is about a young boy named Max who gets sent to his room with no dinner for romping around in an animal costume. His room suddenly turns into a Jungle full of “wild things. ” A part of the book that demonstrates the imaginative quality of the illustration is the part where Max and the wild things are having fun together.
These scenes have a dreamlike quality to themвЂ?the beasts’ appearances range from a large birdlike beast to a creatures that are almost indescribable. The rich greens, blues, and yellows as well as the bold line work create movement that adds to the fantasy of the story. When reading this book, the readers’ imaginations will be provoked and they, with the story strong visuals, will picture themselves in Ma’s world as they read. Madeleine Length’s A Wrinkle in Time is an intense science fiction novel that features strange and otherworldly elements.
Illness’s book fits into the science fiction category because of its classic take on such a varied genreвЂ?the characters go through parallel universe, encounter extraterrestrial beings and are faced with futuristic science and technology. The story follows a girl named Meg Marry as she embarks on a perilous Journey to an alternate universe to search for her father; she is accompanied by her young brother and a schoolmate, along with three supernatural creatures disguised as humans.
A scene in the book that stands out for its strange futuristic quality is the part where the characters travel to the planet of Camelot. It is shrouded in a black cloud called “The Thing” and its people are under the influence of mind control. When they arrive at the planet’s headquarters (named CENTRAL Central Intelligence), they encounter a man with red eyes and telepathic abilities. These types of imaginative settings and conflicts will inspire a distinctive of curiosity in the reader that is characteristic of well written science fictions novels. Themes and messages.
Set in the future during in a post-apocalyptic earth, this book provides an interesting take on the popular topic of the human condition as it is changed by technology. The story is set in a futuristic underground city called Ember, which was exist underground for about 200 years for some unknown reason (although a nuclear catastrophe is implied), with instructions left for the inhabitants f the town on how to leave the city once the time was up. However, over 200 years later the instructions have been lost and must be found again to rescue the now decrepit city.
A particularly moving scene in the book is the part where the main characters find the instructions and are able to escape Ember. Because they have been underground for so long, they did not realize they were underground and were astonished to see what lay above the surface. Scenes like this will inspire a young reader to ponder the potentially damning effects of technology on society and at the amen time will be compelled by the courage expressed by characters in the story in the face of a post apocalyptic world. 984 by George Orwell is an interesting take on science fiction, since it focuses mostly on the sociological aspect of futuristic societies. The book was written in the sis and is Rowel’s vision of what the future would be likeвЂ?a dyspepsia society where thought and expression is controlled by an enigmatic figure named Big Brother. The story follows an Englishman named Winston Smith as he attempts to escape his totalitarian government which subjects its people to constant surveillance and mind control.
One aspect of the book that reflects its unique take on science fiction is the concept of “doughtier,” a type of crime where citizens are punished if they think independent thoughts or thoughts condemning Big Brother and his rule. To ensure that citizens do not commit thoughtless, a group called the Thought Police use invasive methods such as constant surveillance and psychology, torturing those who as suspected criminals.
Readers of this book will be inspired to contemplate its relevance in modern society and possible implications for the future. Arson Scott Card’s futuristic teen novel Mender’s Game explores space travel, limitation of other planets, and the existence of extraterrestrial life. This book typifies science fiction’s fascination with exploring outer space and the implications of interacting with extraterrestrials. This, along with its themes of violence, leadership, and ethics makes Mender’s Game a compelling science fiction book.
The story begins with a six-year old boy named Ender who gets chosen for a specially program called against Earth on several occasions. As he grows older, Ender develops strong leadership skills which eventually lead him to simplemindedly whippet the entire Formic population. In addition to his leadership qualities, futuristic technology was also instrumental in eliminating the Formica, some of which include: training on zero- gravity arenas, simulations, and advanced weaponry (such as the Molecular Disruption Device which was used on the Formica).
Readers of this story will be intrigued by the story fascinating exploration of outer space, and although one may be unsettled by the ethical aspects of the story (Ender decimating the Formica), the reader will find redeeming value in the novel’s resolution. Hoot by Carl Hessians is a good example of realistic fiction because of its believable hereafter relationships as well as its moving take on youth activism.
The story is about a boy named Roy Bernhard, who, along with his friend who goes by the name of Mullet Fingers, attempts to stop a pancake house from being built on a plot of land which is inhabited by an endangered species of burrowing owls. Roy gets some of his classmates to participate in their cause, doing such things as standing in the way of bull dozer to prohibit them from excavating. In addition, they succeed at exposing the pancake house for its corruption in denying the existence of the owls and illegally aiding a revelatory environmental impact statement.
Throughout the story, Roy and Mullet Fingers must also deal with issues in their personal livesвЂ?Roy faces bullying from boy named Dana and at some point Mullet Fingers attempts to flee his bad home life unsuccessfully. Readers will sympathize and perhaps even relate to the main characters’ struggles and accomplishments, recognizing the books resemblance to real life. Because of Win-Dixie by Kate Decimally is a story that deals with the delicate subject of sadness and life’s redeeming values, making it an exemplary book in the realistic fiction genre.
The story is about a young girl named Opal who encounters a rowdy dog in a Win-Dixie and takes it home so that it will not be sent to the pound. Upon naming the dog after the Win-Dixie supermarket, Opal encounters new friends and learns a lot about life with the help of Win-Dixie. There are many instances where the book deals with emotional subjects, for instance: right after getting the dog, Opal asks her father to tell her about her mother who left some time ago because of alcoholism.
Later on as Opal meets more people she eventually learns to cope with the sadness she feels for her mother by having positive experiences tit the people she meets. Overall, readers will appreciate the life lessons and happy moments Opal experiences throughout the book, perhaps comparing it to certain events in their own lives. Holes by Louis Sacra is a somewhat complex example of realistic fiction. It deals with heavy topics such as destiny, character transformation, and free will.
It describes the story of a boy named Stanley who goes Stanley–he and his family are supposedly the victims of a curse that was brought upon them many years ago. At the facility Stanley befriends the boy, Zero, who committed the crime Stanley was accused of. The story is also about a white woman named Kate Barlow who, after the prejudice motivated murder of her African American lover, becomes a robber. Stanley suffers the effect of his family’s curse until the end of the story when he uncovers his family’s fortune that was hidden by Kate Barlow near the site of the detention facility, which effectively lifts the curse.
Both Stanley and Zero mature greatly through the course of the story; Zero becomes a friendlier, more caring person, whose life is also bettered by Stanley fortune. Skate’s story does not have a happy ending, but her character serves to reinforce the novel’s securing message that people who may seem bad are actually products of misfortune and wrongdoingвЂ?a profound commentary on the realities of human Jerry Spineless Maniac Image presents very realistic subject matter that nature. s not commonly found in children’s literature. In his novel, Spineless tackles sensitive topics such as family, racism, and homelessness in a convincing manner. The story is about a boy named Jeffrey Image who runs away from home at age 11 and becomes homeless. During his travels, he stumbles upon a segregated community called Two Mills in Pennsylvania and becomes a local legend, earning him the nickname “Maniac Image” for his eccentric acts.
In the story, Maniac Image manages to make friends with both African Americans and white people in the town, disregarding their segregation. This sends a powerful message to young readers about prejudice and equality. In addition, Image is forced into mature, adult situations while being homeless. As he lives under strange and unique situations, Image eventually learns the importance of stability and having a family. Readers will be compelled to contemplate these issues, which are foreign to most young children, and consider realities different than their own.