Who are the main characters in George Washington's Socks book?  What are their individual characteristics?

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The main characters are Matt, Q, Hooter, Tony, and Katie. They are all part of the Adventure Club. The secondary characters are Matt’s parents, George Washington, Israel Gates, Gustav, the two Indian Boys, Mr. and Mrs. Hornbee, and Blackjack.

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The main characters are Matt, Q, Hooter, Tony, and Katie. They are all part of the Adventure Club. The secondary characters are Matt’s parents, George Washington, Israel Gates, Gustav, the two Indian Boys, Mr. and Mrs. Hornbee, and Blackjack.

Matthew (Matt) Carlton is the main character. He has just started an adventure club with his friends Hooter, Q, and Tony. The club is inspired by their interest in history and adventure. Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River is the subject of their first camp-out meeting. Although young and inexperienced, Matt proves to be an effective leader. He is in awe of George Washington, and has a lot of respect for the soldiers and Native Americans he meets in the 18th century. Matt’s loyalty to his friends is symbolic of Washington’s solidarity with his own soldiers.

Katie is Matt’s seven-year-old sister. She doesn’t like authority and is able to manipulate Matt simply by giggling about the peas in the sugar bowl. Matt views her as a typical annoying younger sister. But when she is in trouble, he becomes very protective. Katie craves adventure. She proves to be a catalyst for the adventure club.

Q (Quentin) is Matt’s friend and the brains of the club. Matt claims that Q has the “fastest brain in the fifth grade.” Q is the one who provides the club with the book Adventures in History: Volume Four. Sherlock Holmes is his hero. His intelligence becomes a useful tool throughout their adventure.

Hooter (Brian Melrose) is the gentle giant of the group. Matt thinks he looks like a young Fred Flintstone. Matt dubs him the muscle of the group because of his size. But Hooter is also the most sensitive member of the club. In third grade, he cared for an injured baby owl; this is how he got the name “Hooter.” He is a loyal friend. He is especially protective of those smaller than him, especially Tony and Katie.

Tony is the smallest boy in the fifth grade. To make Tony feel better, Matt says his smaller size is ideal for his role as the scout. Being fast and small, Tony would be able to move unheard and unseen. Tony is sympathetic and shows this by supporting Katie, saying “It’s not much fun always being the littlest and the one that always gets left out.” This convinces Matt to let Katie be a “visiting” member of the club.

The gang meets George Washington when he is a general during the Revolutionary War. The kids are in awe of his stature and presence. Washington is helpful and understanding with the children, even though he is primarily concerned with his troops and the battles ahead.

Israel Gates is a young (14- or 15-year-old) soldier in Washington’s group. He is responsible, trustworthy, and generous. He protects Matt like an older brother. Matt admires Israel perhaps more than any other character.

Mr. and Mrs. Hornbee both take care of Matt after he falls asleep in the snow. Blackjack is Mr. Hornbee’s mule.

The two Indian (Native American) boys are not named, but they play a significant role in helping the boys find Q and Katie.

Gustav is the younger Hessian soldier with whom the boys form a bond in spite of him being the “enemy.” Gustav’s act of helping Katie makes the boys rethink the whole notion of good guys and bad guys, particularly in war.



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There are five main characters in George Washington’s Socks, four of whom are friends and fifth-grade boys. These include Matthew Carlton, who goes by Matt, and his friends Brian (who goes by Hooter), Quentin (who goes by Q), and Tony. Katie, Matt’s little sister, is the fifth protagonist. Each has unique character traits that enhance the story.

Katie is the youngest of the crew. She is impulsive and often seems to be the catalyst for danger to the group as she acts on her impulses, such as when she puts her foot through the frozen lake when they are captives of the Hessions. She can also be helpful, such as when Q walks into the spider’s web in the woods. You might call her determined or single minded, with her desire to get home. She’s also manipulative, especially where Matt is concerned, and knows how to push his buttons to get her own way.

Tony is the next smallest of the group, and his lack of stature is noted both at the beginning of the book and near the end, when looking like a younger child is to his advantage. Tony is also loyal, both to his friends and his family, defending his grandfather to Hooter as they walk along the lake shore. He is the most compliant of the group, not wanting to break his parent’s rules and feeling resentful that their noncompliance puts them in mortal danger.

Quentin is observant and uses those keen observations to make deductions about their situation. He’s logical, pragmatic, and intensely curious, as we see from his description of the things he collects for his room. Q is intelligent, and Matt labels him the brain of the group.

Hooter’s character is intended as a paradox. He is at once the strongest of the boys physically while being the most empathetic of them all. He squeezes Tony while they are in the boat so hard that Tony has to ask him to let go. Hooter is also the one to lament the most over Gustav’s death, to the point of tears.

Finally, Matt is the leader of the gang. He exhibits courage many times over the course of the story, such as when he stays with the dying soldier, Israel. He can be deceptive, especially in regards to his parents. Matt craves adventure and is very curious. He is also a peacemaker, asking Tony and Hooter to make up when they fight so as to keep the solidarity of the group strong. He’s fiercely protective, both of his sister and of his friends, for whom he feels a great sense of responsibility. All of these things combine to portray Matt as a fine leader.

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The main character in this book is Matt Carlton, the leader of the Adventure Club. His friends are Katie, Hooter, Quentin, and Tony. Israel is a soldier in the Continental Army that Matt meets along the way during their adventure. Some characteristics of each are:

Matt Carlton - Good leader, brave, kind and generous, loves his family and friends, adventurous, "The Leader" (Adventure Club name)

Katie - Kind, adventurous, fun, cool, Matt's younger sister

Hooter - Nice, shy, very kind-hearted, "Strong Man" (Adventure Club name)

Quentin - Careful, nice, "The Club's Brain" (Adventure Club)

Tony - Smart, very small, good friend, knows what it's like to feel left out,  "The Scout" (Adventure Club)

Israel - Very kind, loves his family, injured during the war, dies from infected wound

Hope this helps! What a great book!

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