Chapter 8 Summary

Just when Doug starts to believe that his life really has taken a turn for the better, he arrives home one Saturday to find that his autographed baseball and beloved Joe Pepitone jacket are gone. Shortly thereafter, the local hardware store is robbed, and suspicion falls again on his brother, Christopher. Even though Christopher denies having had any involvement in the break-in, a bike pedal matching one missing from his bike is found at the scene of the crime. When Christopher is taken into custody, Doug runs to Ballard Paper Mill to get his father, who looks meaningfully at Ernie Eco before leaving with Doug to bail Christopher out of jail.

As expected, news travels quickly, and when Doug returns to school, he is met...

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