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Breaking Rank 1 What was the setting place and time The setting takes place in modern time in a large city 2 Name and briefly describe each of the major characters Thomas Fairbairn is a member of a gang and his nickname is Baby Casey Willardson is a school-girl and she ends up tutoring Thomas 3 Give a brief summary of the books plot Thomas Fairbairn belongs to a gang where he is known as Baby This is not your typical clan because it doesnt believe in drugs or violence Its a group of people who dont go to school and the elder members of the group teach the younger ones They teach everything from car mechanics to Latin to cooking All of the members have great respect for each other and accept each other Thomas wants more than just the acceptance of his gang he wants more out of life He decides to break rank and take a knowledge test at his local school He does very well on the test and he is put into an honors class The principle asks a girl that is doing very well in the honors class to tutor Thomas Casey Willardson helps Thomas catch up on the work that he has missed from the begging of the year As they work together they learn to understand each other and share many views on life They end up falling in love but Caseys and Thomas friends have a problem with that In the end there is a showdown between the gang and the varsity football team 4 What important problem or conflict does the main character experience Thomas and Casey both have to undergo peer pressure from their friends Caseys friends dont want her to have anything to do with the outsiders from the gang Thomas friends dont want him to go to school or date any
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