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Sometimes an author uses two characters with parallel lives two show that two people can be very similar This is the case in Bone Dance by Martha Brooks Lonny and Alex are similar even though they live far from each other Three parallels between Lonny and Alex are that they have only one friend one of their parents die and someone out of their immediate family raises them These parallels are used to join these two characters and show two different people can be similar The first parallel is both Lonny and Alex have one friend Lonnys friend is Robert and Alexs is Serena Lonny and Robert are close but Robert doesnt really care about Lonnys strange happenings Robert prefers not to talk about the bones they dig up and switches the subject They blame each other for not stopping after they found the skull One could say Robert also has guilt Because of Robert Lonny met Joe Dakota Lonny always remembers him when he thinks of his mothers death of the Burial Mound He thinks of him because of his buffalo skull key ring Serena is Alexs friend but argues with her She too doesnt care much about the dreams of Alex They get into fights and this shows that they might not be as close together as Lonny and Robert They also disagree on a lot of topics Alex wants to keep the land while Serena says If I were you Id sell the land take part of the money and spend it on a modest vacation p 79 Having only one friend isnt the only thing Lonny and Alex have in common The second parallel is that Lonny and Alex have only one parent Lonny loses his mother of what he thinks is depression He blames himself for the death for his mother This is because he digs up the bones of an old Indian His mother is shocked and tells him
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