The last sentence of chapter 7 says "It was only a fifteen minute drive...Mark turned into a boy again." What does this tell you about Mark in A Week in the Woods?

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In the novel, A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements, Mark is a boy in conflict with his new school and especially his teacher, Mr. Maxwell.  During the week in the woods, Mark and his teacher again get into a stand-off, and Mark runs away.  Mr. Maxwell, in trying to find Mark and bring him back to camp, gets hurt, and Mark is the one who has to find and help him.  In the process, Mark grows up to become the one Mr. Maxwell can  rely on to use the skills Mark has to get Mr. Maxwell back to camp safely.  With the responsibility, Mark realizes that he likes his new school where he can be the kid he truly is while growing up enough to take responsibility when he needs to.  With his rich parents always gone, Mark realizes that this school is a place he can be at home with friends, teachers who care, and a real life.  The quote is to show the reader that while Mark had to be the responsible adult in the woods to get Mr. Maxwell safely back to camp, he can return to his childhood and again turn into the boy he still is.


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