Maurice values his nine-year-old sister Icy. While Maurice has fallen into criminal activity and struggles to see a happy future for himself, his sister represents hope. She is academically inclined and wants to attend a highly-rated charter school. Maurice thinks of his sister whenever he needs motivation to avoid fighting in juvenile detention. In the end, Maurice is rewarded for his good behavior by being releasing and having the opportunity to help Icy realize her dreams for the future.
Mr. Hooft might at first seem like he values nothing. He is cantankerous and seems to resent many of the people in his life. In the end, however, his friendship with Maurice becomes meaningful for him. By leaving his cherished silver soap dish for Maurice after his death, Mr. Hooft acknowledges the importance of the relationship.