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Peck, Richard
New York : Dell, 1990.
IL YA RL 5.8
ISBN 0141308125
This starts off as a book about friends , one strong, the other a follower. We watch Bryan's uneasiness at always doing what Flip wants. Flip has a thing for publicity and excitement and when the boys discover a dead body, Flip milks it for what it's worth. In their romps they discover they are followed by Alvin, a nothing in their class. He leaves them messages, gives them gifts from his Nazi collection and, scared by them, he runs over a trestle and falls to his death. Bryan has grown from the experience and understands he is not like Flip, and doesn't want to be.
SUBJECTS:     Mystery and detective stories
                        Friends -- Fiction.


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