What are some characteristics that helped Squeaky overcome her problems?

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One characteristic that Squeaky uses to overcome her problems is her toughness. She protects her brother, Raymond, who is developmentally disabled. As she says, "But now, if anybody has anything to say to Raymond, anything to say about his big head, they have to come by me." She is willing to risk knocking people down, even though she is a small girl with, as she describes herself, "skinny arms and a squeaky voice." She also has a great deal of determination, and she constantly practices running. As she says, "I’ll high-prance down 34th Street like a rodeo pony to keep my knees strong." She goes running early in the morning to practice, and she also stays up all night to study words in preparation for the spelling bee. Finally, Squeaky is very empathetic. While she knows that she can easily win the May Day race and other races in the future, she thinks she will become Raymond's coach in the future and give up her own running career. She'd rather see him win than continue to bask in the glory of winning her races.