List of Characters
Debbie Pelbry—a blossoming teenage girl who thinks often about her true love.
Helen Pelbry—Debbie’s mother.
Hector—an initially hesitant teenager who blossoms as he learns to play the guitar.
Rowanne—Hector’s older sister, who seems more grown up than he does.
Liz—a friend of Rowanne’s that Hector encounters at the coffee shop.
Skip (also called Chip and Flip)—wants to go out with Rowanne.
Chrisanne—Debbie’s close friend, who is a nice person.
Tesey—Debbie’s and Chrisanne’s neighbor.
Phil—a friend of Hector’s and Debbie’s.
Patty—a friend of Debbie’s who joins the Criss Cross listeners sometimes.
Debbie’s father—fixes a faucet with Debbie.
Pastor Don—the Presbyterian minister who teaches Hector how to play the guitar.
Mary—a gray-haired woman who is taking guitar lessons along with Hector.
Mr. Schimpf—Hector’s former Cub Scout leader who is also taking guitar lessons.
Robin—girl Rowanne’s age who is taking guitar lessons along with Hector.
Meadow—a pretty girl Hector’s age who is also taking guitar lessons.
Dan Persik—a handsome football player Hector’s age who is also taking guitar lessons.
Russell Kebbesward—a dark-haired guitar student.
Annette Kebbesward—Russell’s little sister who plays an orphan in Oliver.
Lenny—a friend of Debbie’s and Hector’s, he is mechanically gifted.
Leon—Lenny’s dad, who loves his son and is proud of his mechanical prowess.
Mrs. Bruning—Debbie’s arthritic and diabetic German American neighbor.
Peter Bruning—Mrs. Bruning’s grandson from California.
Man with no legs—a vet who lost his legs in a war; Dan talks to him.