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Coal-Mine Fires Continue to Smolder

People keep dying, so my phone never stops ringing. I've made notes in the computer for fourteen obituaries tonight, and I haven't written up a single one. Most I've ever done in a shift is fifteen, and it's only 9:23, so there's plenty more to come.Scranton Observer. . . . Yeah, we got time. . . . He was a high school valedictorian, and then he worked in the mines? . . . Which Legion post? . . . In Jessup? . . . Mercy Hospital; family by his side. Okay. Talk to you later.I've been doing this job for five months now, and this is the busiest night I've ever had. Officially, I'm an editorial assistant, which used to be called a copy boy and generally means gofer.I'm a backup phone-answerer for the news department, but mostly I talk to the funeral directors and get information for the next day's obituaries--the dead person's name, age, where they were born, where they lived, surviving relatives, employment history, etc. Also the stuff that makes these things interesting--their hobbies, organizations they belonged to, their World War II-era nicknames (already today I've had Babe, Pops, Hammer, and Dingle). Then I write it up into readable paragraphs for the morning paper, doing it as fast as I can.Scranton Observer. . . . c-z-y-k? . . . Okay, so 'after a dignified and courageous struggle.' . . . Life member of VFW Post 4921. Where's that again? . . . Lone Pine Hunting Club. . . . Where'd he work? . . . Yeah, call me back with the survivors. No problem.I'm on a first-name basis with all of the local funeral directors, who call us in the evenings to get their latest clients featured in the paper. I work Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights, which sucks when you're a high school senior--I miss all the parties--but it's undeniably good experience for what I want to do with my life. These were the only shifts available.Scranton Observer. . . . Yes, Mr. Powell, this is Mike. . . . I haven't written it yet, but I've got my notes right here. . . . Scranton Eagles Memorial Classic at South Side Lanes, 1946. You say he rolled a 282, not 280. . . . Fixed it. Anything else? . . . I've got his brothers Fred in Minooka and Johnny in Dunmore, and a sister Kitty in Green Ridge. And predeceased by a brother Buddy in 1997. . . .Yeah, of course we can mention the dogs. . . . Lucy and E-t-h-e-l. They both Labs? . . . Sweet. They gotta be missing him. They let dogs go to funerals, don't they? . . . Oh yeah, I'm running like eight miles a day. I jump on a treadmill at the Y when it's icy, but it's been dry lately. We start working out for real on Wednesday. Can't wait. . . . Thanks. Come see a race if you get a chance.There are a lot of very old people around this city. Well, obviously there are fewer all the time. But you learn a lot about their lives taking down the information for their final appearance in the newspaper.You can get a real history lesson reading the obit section every day--all the factories and mills that shut down way before I was born; the huge number of different churches and organizations people belong to (just in the last ten minutes, for example: the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Polish Women's Alliance, the Red Hat Society, the Olyphant Billiards Association).Good people--lots of war veterans, lots of faithful parishioners, lots of beloved grandparents. They die at home or in t

Synopsis:

Facing the most important track season of his life, Michael Kerrington is nothing but focused on the competition ahead, but when police find drugs in his locker, Michael realizes he is at a crossroads and knows that the decision he makes will impact more than just his own life when the truth is revealed.

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Michael Kerrigan, writer of obituaries for the Scranton Observer and captain of the track team, is ready for the most important season of his life--until the police find four joints in his school locker, and he is faced with a choice that could change everything.

About the Author

Rich Wallace is the author of Losing Is Not an Option; Wrestling Sturbridge, an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults; Shots on Goal, a Booklist Top 10 Youth Sports Book; and Playing Without the Ball, an ALA Quick Pick. He lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375890734
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Sports & Recreation - General
Author:
Wallace, Rich
Author:
Rich, Wallace
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Boys / Men
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Boys & Men
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071009
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
114

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"Synopsis" by , Facing the most important track season of his life, Michael Kerrington is nothing but focused on the competition ahead, but when police find drugs in his locker, Michael realizes he is at a crossroads and knows that the decision he makes will impact more than just his own life when the truth is revealed.
"Synopsis" by , Eighteen-year-old Michael Kerrigan, writer of obituaries for the Scranton Observer and captain of the track team, is ready for the most important season of his life--until the police find four joints in his school locker, and he is faced with a choice that could change everything.
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