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Brooks M What I Want To Be When I Grow Up Paradise Caf and Other Stories Thistledown Press Ltd Saskatoon Saskatchewan 1988 Martha Brooks short story called What I Want To Be When I Grow Up is about a 14-year-old junior high student Andrew who has to take the public bus to his orthodontic appointment every third Thursday of the month After this particular appointment for which he was late he got sick on the bus on the way home A man that hed seen on the bus a lot of times before helped him out and was very happy to hear that Andrew had noticed him before The story takes place on a public bus and briefly in an orthodontists office in a city but the name of the city is not given In the beginning of the story the time is 247 pm when he gets on the bus from school and by the end when he gets home it is about 600 pm The main character is Andrew but another important character is Earl a man on the bus with Andrew The conflict of the story is that Andrew has to take the bus and he hates it even though his mom says Andrew taking the bus is an education Its a rare opportunity for people of all types and from all walks of life to be in one enforced environment that allows them to really get a close look at one another pg41 par3 The conflict is never really resolved but his mind changes a bit about the people being so weird and his attitude towards traveling on the bus is somewhat changed The theme of this story is growing up Andrew is getting older starting to think of what he wants to be when he grows up and learning more about the people around him and relationships Andrew is a humorous character making up funny names in
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