Walter Dean Myers
About the Author: Walter Dean Myers
Maurice (Reese) Anderson
Toon is a 12 year old boy who was put into the detention center for not going to school and refusing to listen to anyone. He is shy and quiet. He gets bullied by others in the center. Toon was told by his parents that he was never as good as his brother. Toon tried to hang himself while he was in the detention center.
Mr. Hooft is an eldery man at the nursing home that Reese was assigned to take care of. He doesn’t like Reese at first, but he finds himself sharing personal information with him about when he was held in a Japanese camp during WWII. He also shares stories about his difficult childhood. Mr. Hooft started a friendship with Reese.