Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? I was constantly trying to figure out whodunit, but I was more concerned with the relationship between Todd and Rat, and whether Todd would ever tell the story about the puppy to people that could truly help him. Rat slowly reveals the details of his young life: how his mother lied to an army recruiter about Rat's age and how at 14 he went off to fight in Vietnam. And then he meets Rat. The mystery was involved and had several facets, all of them with clues and foreshadowings that the author delivered with skill. There are stories within stories.
It also really makes you see just what it may have been like if you were a solider in the Vietnam war. His sons, Walter and William, served as the inspiration for some of his characters and stories. He currently lives in , United States. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of strange experiences and perplexing questions. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. I could go on and on about the humor, the interesting writing strategies Arnold employed, the gut-wrenching scene that almost made me stop reading but is so important to the book. I really like the way Todd was portrayed.
Todd likes to he goofs around with his pals but he helps out at his family's motel. I had been hoping to pass the book on to one of my nephews when I was done, but just the content of those first few chapters alone makes me doubt that I will do so. More and more, that corpse from the river is on Todd's mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle. Tedd Arnold is charming, witty, clever, and a great speaker. The writing is funny at times and always fresh, and Arnold uses his main character's interest in the craft of writing to make some keen observations about the process. He makes the bed and does some laundry. The first part of this book is setting up the action and getting to know the characters.
I had Definitely an intriguing first novel. By the time the story's main excitement happened. It also really makes you see just what it may have been like if you were a solider in the Vietnam war. The last half of the book, though, really grabbed me, and I couldn't put it down until it was finished. All he did was make beds, help his grandma, and go to school. And when he offers Todd a gi This is a good, short mystery story! Arnold has done a great job creating a believable story with a compelling narrative, and characters that really work.
My first reaction to this book was shock. And then they all get wrapped up in a Hollywood-worthy raging river climax. It's suspenseful because there was a murder in a nearby river and nobody knows what happened. This book got me into it and kept me wondering what would happen next. It is a story I can recommend for older students, even before they become young adults. . It's not just the references that seem stale; it's the entire outlook on life.
Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? Shame on me for not reading this Tedd Arnold book sooner. The micr A murder mystery. Nothing really happened in his life until he meet a boy named Rat. After all, it pays actual money. A couple of days before Todd meet rat, a dead body was found in the river. The book began with a few chapters that for various reasons contained some pretty disturbing imagery.
Rat hide's a lot of secret Rat Life is a novel written by Tedd Arnold. Nonetheless, it did add a personal touch to the book. The dead body found in the Chemanga River has nothing to do with Todd. The message the author conveys is that every new person we meet has fought a battle we don't know about and that every one has a dark past. This book was his first attempt at the genere known as young adult literature and I think he did a pretty good job with it.
I grew up with the Vietnam War constantly in my face, and today's kids have had the Iraq and Afghanistan problems that are all around us, but I think the mood of the country is different. Dead man shows up in river. Reality suddenly turns out to be more interesting and surprising than any story he has written. Todd thinks maybe Rat killed him. He's got a tattoo and a messed-up family life. Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? Fly Guy and for I Spy Fly Guy.