Ned Wallis - This character loves to read, is naturally curious and enjoys reading National Geographic magazine because it shows him what the world outside Tyler, New York is like.
Reverend James Wallis - The pastor of the Congregational Church in Tyler, New York.
Martha Wallis - A beautiful, lively woman and a devoted mother, who becomes ill with rheumatoid arthritis.
Mrs. Scallop - The Wallis' third housekeeper, who is a stout, short woman given to silent rages and superstition.
Mr. Scully - An elderly man who lives not far from Ned Wallis and his family.
Uncle Hilary - He gives Ned a Daisy air rifle for Ned's eleventh birthday, which upsets James Wallis.
Evelyn (Evie) Kimball - Her family is quite poor until her father finds work at the new gas station in Tyler.
Janet Hoffman - This character, a good friend of Ned's, is not...
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