Billy Straight Book Summary and Study Guide

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Billy Straight has run away from his mother and her abusive boyfriend. He quickly learns how to live on the streets and stay alive. Unwittingly, he also becomes the only witness to a murder. Billy keeps his mouth shut but L.A.P.D. Detective Petra Connor learns he was a witness.
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In time, a reward is placed on Billy's head so the cops can get an identification of the murderer they seek. The killer also sees the reward poster and learns he wasn't as sleek as he thought. The killer poses as a cop to get information leading the boy, not to collect the money, but to silence him once and for all.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Billy Straight sees Lisa Ramsey get stabbed at Griffith Park and sees the licencse plate of the guy who did it;PLYR. Petra Conner is a cop who must search for who did it and at the same time try to protect 12 year-old Billy Straight.
The review of this Book prepared by Nancy Carrigan

A beautiful young woman is murdered one night in L.A.'s Griffith Park. A young runaway named Billy Straight witnesses the murder. Petra and Stu from the L.A.P.D. are assigned to find out who did it and why. A lucky break tells them they might have a possible witness. Unfortunately, their boss makes them publicize the fact and every whacko comes out of the woodwork claiming they've seen the boy. Including the whacko that he ran away from.
The review of this Book prepared by BethG

Billy Straight, just a child, but oh so wise for his years runs away from home where his mother is ensnared in an abusive relationship. He escapes to Los Angeles, hoping that life will be better for him there. But life as a runaway is no bowl of cherries--he must learn to deal with all manner of depraved individuals and learn to cope with a variety of hard-knocks which life keeps throwing at him. He is gritty and determined to survive, but this proves to be a difficult task for a child alone in a big, dangerous city.
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Special suspect?    -   lover Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   a kid    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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