This chapter features difficult decisions that need to be made about the upcoming school year as the book reaches late August. Miranda and Jonny must choose between attending either the elementary school or high school for instruction or choosing to be home schooled. On a bike run into the town, Miranda is confronted with the negative side of human nature as a gang of young men are looting the town's boarded up shops.
- What challenges face the school district in the upcoming school year?
- What is the school board's plan for keeping the school(s) open?
- How are the people of Howell, PA like "prisoners?"