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Author Isabelle Holland was born June 16 1920 in Basel As a child she lived in Switzerland Guatemala City and northern England She attended private and boarding schools in England and started to write stories at the age of 13 During the World War II she was forced to move to New York City where she studied and worked in the publishing industry Her first novel was published in 1967 and was written for an adult audience Afterwards she wrote several novels for example A Horse Named Peaceable The Island or The Man without a Face which were intended for young adults Isabelle Holland died last year at the age of 81 at a hospital in New York Main Characters Chuck Norstadt The main character of the book A fatherless fourteen-year-old boy He wants to leave his home and attend at a military school called St Matthews but he wasnt able to pass the entrance exam Justin McLeod A mysterious man with a scarred face He has nicknames like The Grouch or The Man without a face He helps Chuck to learn for the second entrance exam Gloria Chucks big sister She always messes him up and is one of the main reasons why he wants to leave his home Chucks Mother Her hobby is marrying When Chuck and Gloria argue she always helps to Gloria but when Chuck is alone with her she seems to be a nice person Meg Chucks smaller sister Shes very intelligent but she doesnt care much about her appearance Barry Rumbold Hes called the Hairball and is the current husband of Chucks Mother Chuck doesnt talk with him very much The plot This book is about fourteen-year-old boy with the name Chuck Norstadt He lives with his mother and two sisters in a summer cottage Everyone of the three children has a different father but Chuck doesnt know
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