In the beginning of the book, Patricia and Lawrence are very young about five and they grow into adults throughout the novel
Patricia has magical powers and can talk to animals, heal people, and turn into animals such as birds
Laurence was very, very intelligent. He made a two second time machine when he was about five.
They grew together and became very good friends
Theodolphus Rose was an assassin who wanted to kill both the kids however, he never was able to
But towards the end of their child life, Rose was an influence for them to go separate ways
As adults they some how find each other and reconnect
What I have learned about myself...
While reading this novel, I learned that it is okay to be different than everyone else because that is what makes you, you.
"'Captivity is worse than death for a bird like me,' the sparrow said. 'Listen. You can hear me talking. Right? That means you're special. Like a witch! Or something. And that means you have a duty to do the right thing. Please'" (Anders 13).
"He stole his dad's old waterproof wristwatch and combined it with some parts he scavenged from a bunch of microwave ovens and cell phones. And a few odds and ends from the electronics store. At the end of all this, he had a working time machine that fit on his wrist"(Anders 24).
What I have learned about others...
I learned that everybody is different and you should accept people for who they are not who you want them to be
"Both parents worried endlessly about Laurence spending every waking minute in front of a computer and turning out socially dysfunctional, like his Uncle Davis. So they forced Laurence to take an endless succession of classes designed to make him Get Out of the House: judo, modern dance, fencing, water polo for beginners, swimming, improv comedy, boxing skydiving, and worst of all, Wilderness Survival Weekends"(Anders 23).
"'What Rodrick is saying is that we spent a lot of money to send you to a school with uniforms and discipline and a curriculum that creates winners,' Patricia's mom hissed, her jaw and penciled eyebrows looking sharper than usual. 'Are you determined to blow this last chance? If you just want to be garbage, just let us know, and you can go act to the woods. Jest never come back to this house. You can go live in the woods forever. We could save a large sum of money" (Anders 49).
What I have learned about the world...
I learned that acceptance is key to keeping the world in unison.
"'It can be repaired, I guess. I'm Laurence, by the way. Nobody calls me Larry.'...'Wait. Don't walk away. Laurence!' he turned around. 'You got my name right.' His eyes narrowed. 'Of course you did you told it to me" (Anders 37-38).
"'Maybe you should do a spell,' said Laurence. ' Do some magic or something. I dunno'" (Anders 63).