Roy Eberhardt

Independent, courageous, funny, logical, and kind-hearted, Roy is the main character in the book. He begins as a loner but eventually grows into a character who seeks out good relationships and uses his wit and intelligence to help others in many situations. When in a tight spot, he usually uses common sense and logic to find a way out of it. Roy is very level headed but cares deeply about his family and friends.

Beatrice Leep

Readers’ first impressions of Beatrice are less than pleasant; she is portrayed as a large, tough bully nicknamed “the Bear” for her temper and uncompromising ways. As the novel progresses, it is revealed that she comes from a rough home and that she has had to learn to defend herself and stand her ground. She protects her step-brother from his abusive mother and defends Roy from bullies. Despite her tough-girl exterior, she has a soft heart and is a fiercely loyal friend and confidant.

“Mullet-Fingers” Napoleon Bridger Leep

The first glimpse readers have of this precocious character is of his dirt-stained feet flying by Roy’s bus. A runaway who lives in the forest and in an abandoned ice-cream truck in a junkyard, Mullet Fingers is a feisty, stubborn kid who does not let anything or anyone get in the way of him living his life the way he wants to. His contentious relationship with his mother landed him in a boarding school, but he stayed there only briefly before running away. He is incredibly creative and tenacious, inventing new and harmless ways to delay the construction of the pancake house; his handling of alligators, snakes, and large equipment is impressive. Even when he is bit by a ferocious guard dog, he clings fiercely to his anonymity, refusing to be kept at the hospital long enough to be sent back to his unpleasant home. His highly unique personality and spunky spirit inspire Roy and others to fight against the...

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