1. What does Sydney Katz ask of Sam Radclif at the beginning of the book?
At the beginning of the book, Sydney Katz asks Sam Radclif if he would mind giving a stranded teenage boy a ride to Noon City because no one showed up to get him off the train.
2. What is the nature of the letter Joel receives from his father in Chapter 1?
In Chapter 1, Joel receives a letter from his father saying that he wanted him to come live with him at a place called Skully's Landing.
3. What does Joel believe led to his mother's death?
Joel says that his mother died after they walked to the market during a freezing rain because she soon fell ill and died shortly afterward.
4. What is Joel's reaction when he is asked to move in with his father?
When Joel's father asks him to move in with him, Joel is thrilled because he wants to leave his aunt's home and he has always dreamed of meeting his long lost father.
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