How would you rewrite the ending?If you had the opportunity to rewrite the ending of this book, how would you end the story?  Why would you decide to end the book in this way?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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These are all rather violent suggestions...wouldn't it be nice if Shawn's father talked to him about how he loves Shawn but sometimes thinks Shawn would be better off in life if he were dead?  That way everyone would understand where the other was coming from, because in that instant, Shawn would find a way to effectively communicate to his father that even though aspects of living with a disability are absolutely frustrating, he can and does enjoy life.  What an eye-opener that would be!

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whamtroystfu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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paul comes in and sees his dad putting a pillow on shawns face then beats his dad and kills him. he goes to prison. everyone is happy except paul but paul makes friends in prison.

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lexichick | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Mr. Monson, you know how me and Jessica made up a new ending. but you want this to be a sereouse ending. so here it goes.

the best way that i would end taht story is to just have him wake up from his seazure and say. "hey, its all over, and i am alive still"

but a cooler, more dramatic way would include Shawn wakeing up from his seazure knowing he is alive, but then he realizes that his brother walked in, apparently just before the murder. he thretened his father and told him to get out. The police are checking out the scene. They found out that he was alone with Shawn and came home as soon as they could, they called the nurse to see how things wehre going and she told them therefore they came home right away.

his dad left.

and they didnt find him.

but the story wouldnt go on....that would be the end. leave you hanging not knowing if he ever came back.

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jaybro3 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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i would have shawns dad get really mad when shawn goes into the seizue he would cry and sufficate him then shawns spirit thing that he talked about would be seen by his dad and his dad would know shawn was inteligennt inside

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If I were to end this book, I would tell whether or not Shawn's dad decides to kill him. I would say that his dad didn't kill him because they felt a connection in the end. I would say that Shawn's dad then realized that he could never kill Shawn because he has too much love for him. It would end that way for me because I like to let people know what happens in stead of leave them hanging, thats only because I don't like to have to guess the end of the story.

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sarrrx3 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I agree with j-fat- justin, that the mom walk in and see him with the pillow on Shawns face.

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sarrrx3 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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im not really sure. but anything but what the real ending was. Mr. Monson always picks the books with the terrible endings but i think i would have the dad kill Shawn. It would make the book very interesting.

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jack3-4 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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In reply to #4: yes i agree i hate endings to books where the author ends it with a cliff hanger, it is just a very stupid ending.
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How would you rewrite the ending?

If you had the opportunity to rewrite the ending of this book, how would you end the story?  Why would you decide to end the book in this way?

but i have something to add his dad tries to kill him anyway and paul comes in and pours gas on his dad and asks him if he likes fire and just when hes about to say no paul goes you just got punked and they all hang out and watch 10000 B.C. or Semi-Pro wichever one is better

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I wouuld make Shawn's father see and feel the bond between them and  instantly know that Shawn is not in pain but that he is at peice and his father would not kill him.

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midaniels | Student | eNotes Newbie

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How would you rewrite the ending?

If you had the opportunity to rewrite the ending of this book, how would you end the story?  Why would you decide to end the book in this way?

I would make shawn be able to talk by some wierd way and tell everyone about his life and stuff

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j-fat | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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if i had the opportunity i would definatly finish the plot they basically left you wondering what happened i would finish it up i would make it so that dad decides hes going to do it as mom walks in she sees him with the pillow over shawns face and runs up to him and goes bruce lee on him  then she calls the cops and they take him away and puts him in jail for attempted homicide and he doesnt get to see his dad again

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I would have Shawn come back form the seizeure and his dad ciming to his face with the pillow and mom, paul, and cindy come ion then. And paul would go defend his brother.

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jack3-4 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I would make so the dad was going to kill shawn but paul came in and stopped him, didnt kill him though. The father would go to jail and rot there forever to think about how stupid he is. The rest of the McDaniels would be fine and considered heros, 10 years later scientists would cure cerebral palsy, and the family would live happily ever after. Also Shawn married the girl from his sisters slumber party.

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