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The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003
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Lewis is a chubby kid and is no good at the sports that would make him popular. In the 1950's this is extremely awkward as kids are beaten up on a regular basis in the secret world behind the adults'. Although he is brave and will do the right thing, Lewis undervalues himself because he thinks he is a lesser person for not being able to stand up to the ones who treat him and his friends so badly. Things change when he encounters a strange whistle in the middle of nowhere.
And very bad things start to happen to the bullies.
One of Strickland and Bellairs' best plot-twists is in showing you how lashing out and out-Heroding Herod can make you all twisted inside; you get what you want but at the cost of your personal self. And since Lewis is the kind of kid who is alone in his head far too much he has to rely on his family and friends to notice him. An unexpected ally emerges in one of Lewis' worst tormentors, but without giving it away the ending will end the way it should: the darkness is hard to give up a fight, and the victors aren't always happy with their wins until long after the fact.
Along with that. The book I received was in great condition despite coming from what I can only assume is a library.