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Homeless Heroes Authors like to write tidy stories about growing up Since everyones growing up is different there probably are very few stories that everyone can relate to Onion John is a story about one set of problems a boy encounters as he is growing up Children want to have someone other than their parents to look up to Onion John is a simple version of how the author tries to show a child looking up to a hero who is actually not the kind of person you would expect to be a hero By using an unlikely hero the author is trying to show the reader things like wisdom can be found in unexpected places However because the hero is a homeless person who sounds mentally ill the author forces the reader to ignore what they know about certain real things of life This is a major weakness in the story which has some good points otherwise Because the reader is forced to go along with the fantasy version of homeless people it is hard for a reader to suddenly get serious in their thinking in order to catch the lessons about life that the author is trying to point out By chapter six the author has described little things that show that Andys father is not listening to Andy By contrast the author shows how Onion John listens to what Andy is feeling emotionally and in fact Onion John seems to listen to the vibes of the universe In the story Onion John seems closer to arriving at useful solutions to the towns rain shortage than anyone else in the town While the town depends on weathermen Andy Andys friend and Onion John are involved in a sort of rain ceremony Ultimately according to the story the rain ceremony is flawed the first time they do it and so the ceremony cannot work That fits with the fact
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