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By Gloria Whelan

ISBN-10: 0060295961

ISBN-13: 9780060295967

ISBN-10: 0061780367

ISBN-13: 9780061780363

Peter Liebig cannot look ahead to summer time. he is uninterested in study rooms, academics, and the never-ending lectures concerning the terrible Nazis. The battle has been over for ten years, and in addition to, his city of Rolfen, West Germany, has moved on well. regardless of its bombed-out church, it appears to be like simply as calm and beautiful as ever. there's cash to be made on the seashore, and there are complete days to spend with Father at his activity. And, after all, there is football. lots for a thirteen-year-old boy to appear ahead to. but if Peter stumbles throughout a letter he was once by no means intended to work out, he unravels a troubling mystery. quickly he questions everything—the town's peaceable nature, his mom and dad' tales concerning the warfare, and his personal experience of belonging.

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Once before, I gave them a quick glance, but it embarrassed me to see the soppy things they wrote, especially since they are so old, at least ten years older than the parents of my friends. Now I untie the ribbon that holds the letters together and begin to read. 39 In the early years of the war there are long sticky paragraphs about how they miss each other. Father is stationed in Berlin, and Mother worries about bombs falling on his office. She says the small garden she planted is producing vegetables and that there is little bombing in the part of Swabia where she is living.

Mary’s, but in the evenings I go out to play soccer or prac- tice with my rowing club. The racing shell is light and slips through the water so easily, I feel as if it might take flight. I try to forget my troubles, thinking only of working the oars, pulling at the water and sending the boat forward, responding to the coxswain’s urgings. Our little boat skims along the big river past freighters and barges that have sailed all over the world. I imagine myself on one of those freighters picking up a cargo of silk in China or stowing away and sneaking off a freighter in America and heading for the West and cowboy country.

But I can’t tell whether the sigh is for the fate of the birds or for a longing to taste one of the ducks. I want to tell Kurt what I have discovered, but now that I am with him I, can’t bring myself to give 46 away my secret. He will think I have taken leave of my senses. I clear my throat. “I just read this strange story,” I say. ” Kurt asks. ” “What do you mean? ” It’s true I like to make up weird tales. I made up a great story about inside-out creatures whose insides were all on the outside.

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