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3 teenage kids are spending their summer in a hospital. Brent has landed there by falling through a trap door in a barn and breaking his back. Brent becomes friends with Kirk and Amy. Amy is in the hospital for what her Mom has told her is Mono but she suspects that it is something worse. Kirk is there after hip surgery, his hip joint is not growing at the same rate as his leg bones and the doctors had to pin him back together.
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The teenagers spend a lot of time talking about life and figuring out ways to drive the staff nuts. Such as when Kirk fakes throwing his hip out to get the Nurse to call a Doctor in, and when the Dr. arrives he is sitting in his wheelchair and states nothing had happened. They also talk about how they are similar to being in a “Three Legged Race” and that you need the help of someone else to get to the finish line.

The three even plan to escape the hospital one night and head out into the world supporting each other, acting like normal teenagers, with a wheel chair, crutches and a back brace.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   physical illness/disability

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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