When Zachary Beaver Comes To Town Summary

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I read a book called When Zachary Beaver comes to Town by Kimberly Willis Holts. In the book there is a boy named Toby. He lives in a very small and peaceful town called Antler. Then there is a summer where many events happen in the summer to change Toby's life forever.

One of the events that happen is Wayne dies. Wayne is Cal’s brother and Toby is Cal’s best friend. Wayne went to Vietnam to help support the US in the Vietnam war. One day while fighting Wayne suffered a horrific injury. Then the army confirmed he was dead. The news spread to Cal's family and Toby. Toby is very sad for many days because Wayne is one of the only few friend he has. His parents tell him don't worry, besides he is not part of your family. On important lesson he learns is not to worry about
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Toby's mom won the singing contest in their town. That is why she advances to the singing contest in Nashville If you win you can be a ( ). After a few days, Toby's mom sends a letter saying she will never come back. Toby's mom goes to Nashville, but then something terrible happens Toby's mom decides to never come back. She thinks Toby's dad and her don't get along with each other. When Toby hears about this he is in total shock. He is very sad and he is quiet for several days. He makes up a story saying the Grand Ole Theater caught on fire. That way he can protect his mom so everybody won't be asking "Where is your mom, isn't she supposed to come back." When his dad finds about they he is mad and doesn't know what is going on, he suspects Toby made it up. Toby lies and convinces his Dad he has no clue about the fire. This event contributes to Toby's life because he is basically losing his mother. In this event Toby learns not to lie, it will not result into the best outcome. Telling the truth has nothing you should be ashamed of. In this case he could have said, "Right now my mom might not come

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