The story starts off of although they are playing their initially baseball game of the period against the Crazy Horse Electrics. They decide to put beer in the opposition team’s water bottles as a bogus, so that they could win. After that Willie determines to go sportfishing with his father.
They have deep conversations, plus they start talking about why Willie’s mom would not fish just like she used too. Then they get into speaking about Missy, Willie’s little sister who died of SIDS (Sudden Newborn Death Syndrome). After that the book cuts into one other baseball video game, they are playing against the Crazy Horse Electrics.
Sal, a major guy within the Crazy Equine, and Johnny get into a verbal disagreement, and then Ashton says some thing personal about him and he wound up and decked Johnny one. That they break up and continue the game. When ever Willie was about to pitch he looses his harmony and Gracia hits a fantastic pitch. Then out of pure luck and talent, Willie exercises himself out and robs Sal of your sure multiple. Willie turns into a minor star. On their method home from school Jenny and Willie hook up. Then around the weekend, Jenny, Johnny, Willie and his relatives decide to navigate to the lake. Willie and Jenny set the table for the picnic when Johnny is out skiing.
Willies mom complains about him hardly ever being secure enough. Subsequent it is Willie’s turn to water-ski. As Willie was carrying out a 360 turn, he captured the tips of his skis under the normal water and this individual crashed. Willies dad was at shock, Jenny had to offer Willie oral cavity to mouth area, and preserve his lifestyle. The remaining the boat, had the vehicle, and drove to the hospital. Willie ends up using a speech impediment, and concerns walking. This individual ends up performing crazy points, like chemical p, and ingesting. He foretells a counselor whom he really enjoys. Willie will not want to go into a Special Education class which the school is referring him to.
This individual feels impossible, and even jealous of his girlfriend for her athletics. He tries to enjoy racquetball, but his father gets discouraged with him. That night this individual hears his parents quarrelling over him. He hears his daddy say that he thinks it will have been less difficult if Willie had passed away in the crash. From there this individual suspects Jenny and Petey of getting with each other, and discovers that they are. Willie freaks on Petey when he trips of Willies cane, and then Petey unintentionally turns all of the attention over to Willie. Willie determines that night that he is likely to run away.
This individual goes to the bank, and explains to the teller that he’s going to get a VCR, then this individual goes to the bus depot. He starts off on the tour bus with no feel dissapointed about, and no sense of guilt. He arrives in Oakland, and has to take a bus transfer from there to get to the coach that will have him to San Francisco. In the way to the bus this individual meets a gang called the Jo Boys. That they try to consider his money, but when the bus came up he dived right on that to get away. They will get on the bus too. He talks to the coach driver, plus the bus rider says that he will try to stall the gang, nevertheless that’s regarding all they can do.
Thus he tries to run away as soon as he can along with his handicap, plus they catch up, beat him up, and have all four 100 dollars by Willie. Willie passes out. When he wakes up, there is the bus driver. He helps him up, then takes him to a cafe where he confirms to let Willie stay the night, and ONLY the night time. Willie ends up staying for good, under the arrangement that he will clean up, and end up staying out of Lacey’s (The shuttle bus driver) way. Willie discovers when Lacey says Human being Relations Management, that he can a pimp. The next day Lacey and Willie go to look at the school.
Willie goes in whilst Lacy stays in the car. It is just a private school, and the owner, Andre, gives free college tuition as long as Willie will help preserve it clean. Andre explains which the school is made for people who have virtually any handicaps, physical disabilities, or perhaps things that cause them to include learning concerns. So Willie accepts which is getting a travel, when a taller gangly brown kid, known as Jack arises and begins repeating repeatedly, “This institution is a chicken-shit rip-off”. Finally Andre calms him down, and they surface finish the head to. After a few days, Willie starts to actually make an effort to be usual again.
Even though he is slow, Jack asked him to learn a game of basketball. They went to a great abandoned the courtroom, and started a game. It was when Jack port started to call up himself the “Telephone Man”. People start to watch the sport, and Willie starts to obtain nervous. Finally the game ends, and Willie goes into school with the Phys Ed tutor, Lisa. The lady asks him if this individual wants a lot of help with receiving control back again. He says that he does not have any money, yet he discovers she is carrying it out for a university paper. And so they focus on learning how to get his center. Willie remains in Lacey’s apartment and practices dance to some pudgy music.
He could be learning how to place one feet in front of the other with applying the same amount of pressure upon both sides. All of a sudden Lacey comes home with a woman from Willie’s school, Angel. Lacey is extremely drunk, and has the girl around the spend. Willie got this sorted out. She was a whore. Willie goes to awful, and then wakes up to screaming. He runs into Lacey’s room to find him beating Angel. He usually takes his cane, and pounds it across Lacey right up until Lacey is flat out chilly. Then Position runs and calls the ambulance, and gets angry at Willie. She tells Willie that whenever Lacey wakes up he is gonna kill Willie.
So the next day Willie goes to the hospital. Andre had presented for Willie to stay in the basement with the school if he necessary too a while ago. Willie went inside, and this individual saw Lacey. At first Lacey was pissed off, when Willie declared he would move, Lacey asked him to stay. Later on Willie was practicing basketball once again. He was executing it a lot. Andre saw him and declared he was needs to look like a participant. Willie rebounds the go with to Mack, because the lady was the individual who was aiding him a whole lot. Andre asked him so why he will not hang around while using kids. Willie replied that he will not do drugs.
Andre gets a little upset and says that that is not the only way to get into the school. They will play more, and Willie says that he will make an effort to make friends. Afterwards that night, after Willie finished polishing Lacey’s car, Willie gets a phone call. It is Lacey’s ex-wife, and she told him to tell Lacey that his son remains to be rotting away. Will decides to relay the message just to “your ex partner called. inches Willie had never pried into Lacey’s personal life, but when Lacey came home, he read the message. Then Willie and Lacey enter his car, and drive down to an outdated facility.
If they look in that they see Lacey’s son, staring into impaired air, broken permanently. Lacey had mistreated him when he was young. Lacey advised Willie that Then Willie asks if that was your reason that Lacey took him in was to replace with what happened to his child. The next day for school, Lisa told Willie to ask Lacey for a hundred or so and forty dollars, for a unique course. The lady said to notify Lacey that the students were taking that, and Willie was acquiring a deal. Therefore Lacey offered him the cash, and the next morning Mack picked up Willie, and they traveled to a health club to work out, then Willie acquired introduced to Sammy, who was Lisa’s “boyfriend”.
This individual taught Willie how to protect himself, and to use his “set-backs” as an advantage. Afterwards, Willie found Angel, and he asked her in the event that she was still being working for Lacey. She declared she even now was. He told her that he had talked to Lacey, and this individual said he’d promise to share her that she can go. He had told her, yet she did not want to offer it up. It had been the only way that she might get money, and she have been raped when ever she was younger. Through the weekends, Willie and a bunch of people would go to the school and fix it up. Then one day, Willie entered the school, and found spray coated all over Jo Boys.
This individual cleaned it up, and remaining. Then the next morning he found that again, and left that for Andre to find. Hawk got seriously angry concerning this, and was going to beat the Jo Boys up. Then Willie went to the washroom to find Jack in there, sick to his tummy from consuming Bisquick and strawberry-scented shampoo or conditioner. He told him to wait there when he grabbed him a few clothes from the lost and found, and then delivered him to operate home and get changed. Willie returned to school, and then if he heard, “fight”. Hawk ran up and located Jack on to the floor and the lead Jo Son, Kam, up against the wall. Therefore Hawk conquer him up.
Then Hawk convinced Willie into letting them come into the college, since Willie had the keys, and wait for the Jo Boys to come, and so they would capture them inside the act, and beat all of them up. In order that night Willie went, and so they never appeared. The Jo Boys came and set the college on fire. Willie beat up D?l ko in the dark along with his cane, after which went back and also him before he used up in the fireplace. Kam acquired sent to a Juvenile Late Center. Willie was a leading man. Then the publication cuts to graduation. Willie thanks every one of the people that helped him as you go along, and the following day he minds home.
If he gets presently there, his parents are divorced, his dad is known as a drunk. His mom provides remarried to a guy known as Don. His dad does not want everything to do with him. Jenny is still angry at him because everyone thought that having been dead, and she felt guilty. He works issues out together with his family, and then goes to see his older house. If he gets there he sees a tiny baby, in his room. He supports his finger out for her to grab and she does. He starts to cry. The mother says that her name can be Melinda. He admits that, “Thank-you, she’s beautiful”, transforms around, leaves and head back to southern Oakland.