Patrick Paddy Clarke - This character is the ten-year-old protagonist who is the instigator in pranks and inflicting pain.
Francis Sinbad Clarke - This character is the main character's younger brother. He is often the target for mean tricks by his brother and his friends.
Ma - This character has a lot on her plate; she takes care of her four children during the day and experiences physical abuse at night.
Da - This character is a cranky, hard working Irish father who verbally and physically abuses his family.
Kevin - This character is the main character's best friend and cohort in the gang of boys.
Mr. Hennessey - This character is the main character's teacher at school for both years; he uses an iron fist to control his classroom of boys.
Liam and Aidan O'Connell - These brothers are without a mother and others show sympathy...
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