What is the plot of Donna Jo Napoli's story North?
The plot of North, by Donna Jo Napoli, centers on Alvin, a 12-year-old African American boy who lives in a poor neighborhood with his mother and grandmother. Alvin has been bullied by children at school because he is small and gets help from a neighbor to get to and from school. When the teacher assigns an African-American hero for homework, Alvin chooses Matthew Henson, the African-American explorer who helped Robert Peary reach the North Pole. After reading about Henson’s life and amazing adventures, Alvin decides he wants to be just like him.