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Squeaky, in "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, works hard for everything she gets. She practices her running skills and works on keeping herself in shape even if it embarrasses her mother. Cynthia Procter, on the other hand, pretends that she doesn't even think about practicing, whether there's a spelling bee coming up, a test, or a piano recital. Squeaky can't stand that Cynthia Procter is a big fake.
But of course when I pass her house on my early morning trots around the block, she is practicing the scales on the piano over and over and over and over. Then in music class she always lets herself get bumped around so she falls accidentally on purpose onto the piano stool and is so surprised to find herself sitting there that she decides just for fun to try out the ole keys. And what do you know--Chopin's waltzes just spring out of her fingertips and she's the most surprised thing in the world. A regular prodigy. I could kill people like that. (Bambara 2)
Squeaky is honest and does not like it when others are not. She stays up late studying, and she'd rather run than walk, so that she can continue to win races and to be her very best.
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