Chapter 3 Summary

Doug goes to the library every Saturday to practice drawing with Mr. Powell. For his first lesson, he is guided to examine Audubon's rendering of The Arctic Tern, and he tries to reproduce it. Doug shows a natural affinity for composition, and he is gratified when Mr. Powell addresses him as "young artist."

On the first Monday of September, Doug goes with his mother to a "Get-Acquainted" event for all new students at Washington Irving Junior High School. Doug is the only eighth-grader who is a newcomer. He is sent with a group of seventh-graders to a classroom to listen to a presentation by Principal Peattie, a pompous man with the irritating habit of speaking of himself in the third person. The principal goes...

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