Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Prologue and Chapters 1-4 Abstract
* In the Prologue, Ronnie is preparing for her father's funeral.
* Ronnie's mother comes into the room and asks her to tell her the story of her final months with her father.
* Ronnie thinks of when it all began and shows her mother a newspaper clipping of a news article about a...
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