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Question #2


What is this book about?

Meet Me on the Paisley Roof is a humorous novel, one that lets you really get to know the characters. The tale is narrated by the 16-year-old Trussell Jones so this is his story. If I could use an analogy from cooking, there are four ingredients in the story: SPICY, HOT, SWEET, and MYSTERY.

1. SPICY: You have three teenage boys full of energy and mischief who like to tease and test one another. They have a long history of planning adventures and then launching themselves at neighborhood targets, especially at night.

2. HOT: I mean hot in the sense of conflict and danger. The boys have difficult family relationships. For example, Trussell's stepmother, with no parenting skills and nutty to boot, has purchased a .38 revolver to meet the mounting threats in her life including, she thinks, Trussell.

3. SWEET: Trussell hopes for love with Ellen. But first, he has to speak to her, which he finally manages after a scare from the seductive Trudy.

4. MYSTERY: The boys confront problems they haven't encountered before. What do you do when a motorcycle, with the key intact, appears behind your garage?

Mix these ingredients in differing amounts to form the different chapters. Add a little thyme for reading (I apologize) and you have a laugh-out-loud tale of teens seeking adventure and love in the hot summer of 1956.

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