• When Jamie sees his mother's boyfriend Van throwing his baby sister Nin across the room they move to his mother's friend, Earl, in New Hampshire. Jamie explains that the only reason Nin didn't die that night is that his mother walked into the room the same time as Van was threw her, catching her in her arms.
• Jamie remembers leaving with his mother and Nin in the car. It was a cold night, but his mother wrapped them both in blankets and drove off.
• A few days later the family move into a Earl's trailer at a nearby park.
• On the way to Earl's house, Jamie wakes up in a panic, wanting to know if his mother had brought his magic book. She allays his fears and Jamie falls back to sleep, not waking up again until they pull up outside Earl's house.
• Earl is surprised...
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