Finding Forrester by Mike Rich
• Jamal’s mom says “Jamal has a secret passion for writing, but he doesn’t want writing to interfere with his school work.” • Mr. Wallace works hard on everything he does, no matter if it’s on the court or off the court. • He is a strange seventeen year old boy (he stacks up empty milk cartons in his room). • Jamal doesn’t want anyone to come into his room, not his friends or his neighbors, not even his mom (he describes it as his sanctuary). • He is an intellectually gifted student, but hides it from his friends and classmates by just doing average on his school work. • Jamal is a young man that deeply cares about other people (he took Forrester to Yankee Stadium because Forrester is a big Yankees fan and he doesn’t get out of the house often). • Wallace is a persuasive young man, because he’s always trying to convince Forrester to do things and go places with him (he convinced Forrester to go out of his apartment and attend a game at Madison Square Garden). • He was poor and grew up in the rough part of town (“Jamal has an 8’X8’ bedroom that he calls his sanctuary.”)
2. One of the main conflicts in this story would be when Jamal Wallace was charged for plagiarism on one of Mr. Forrester’s novels that he wrote a long time ago. Jamal did not know that the words he wrote were Forrester’s words. The board gave Jamal the decision to either tell them that Forrester had influence on his writing or that he had permission to write Forrester’s words. Jamal refused their request and went to Forrester’s apartment and asked him to defend him and Forrester yelled at him and refused. Forrester finally told the board that he gave Jamal permission, so then they dropped the plagiarism charges.
3. Jamal was able to overcome his conflict with the plagiarism charges, by asking Forrester to defend him. So Forrester told the...
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