Chapter 4 Summary

As Doug continues to progress with his drawing lessons under Mr. Powell, he begins to actually think of himself as an artist. To his delight, Lil, with characteristic honesty, affirms his new self-concept. At school, the teachers ignore Doug for the most part, except in science, where he earns Mr. Ferris's approval on a science project he completes in conjunction with Lil. All in all, Doug is proud that he is managing to stay out of trouble; he even escapes the detection of Coach Reed when he surreptitiously switches from the skins to the shirts team in basketball.

On the last Saturday in October, Doug discovers that The Large-Billed Puffins, like The Arctic Tern, is gone. It is replaced by The...

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