Darrell is excited about moving to a new home and new school.
Darrell doesn't want to stay in Philadelphia.
Darrell is unhappy because he has to leave his best friend.
Darrell can't speak very well.
Most of the buildings were old and decaying, and graffiti covered just about every one.
Abandoned cars rusted along the streets.
Occasionally local newscasts would run a story about city crime and feature his neighborhood as an example.
All of the above.
He thought Malik was going to bully him.
He was short and skinny for his age.
He didn't have any friends at that school.
He was shy.
His mom worked there, so he could always go to her if something was wrong.
His cousins all went to that school, so he could count on them to help him.
His friends were right there with him, so if anyone picked on him they had the other guys to deal with too.
He was going to graduate early if he went to that school, so he was happy to be there.
Darrell doesn't like the neighborhood he lives in.
Darrell lives in a very rich neighborhood.
Darrell will miss his old neighborhood.
Darrell has bad memories of his old neighborhood.
The apartment was empty and was filled with boxes in the middle of the floor, packed for the move to California.
Only he and his mom lived in the apartment, which had not felt like home since his father passed away.
The apartment was rundown and dirty, and he was never comfortable there.
The apartment was full of people he did not know and had never felt like home to him.
He's going to be moving to a worse neighborhood.
He forgets what he wants to say.
He wets his pants.
He begins to cry.
Darrell and Malik are brothers.
Darrell and Malik barely know each other.
Darrell and Malik have a very close relationship.
Darrell and Malik are both moving away.
There were always people to turn to in the neighborhood.
None of the neighbors knew each other and never helped each other out.
The homes that lined Darrell's block were rundown.
Mrs. Morton made sweet potato pies for people in the neighborhood.
The camp director promised Darrell and his mother that he would experience adventures in the outdoors.
The days ahead stretched out before him like a dark road filled with dangerous shadows.
Darrell was sure Malik would be fine without him.
Jermaine dropped worms into Darrell's ice cream.
Afraid because he didn't stand a chance against Jermaine in a fight.
Scared because he knew if he told one of the adults, Jermaine would retaliate the next time no one was watching.
Ashamed because he was helpless.
All of the above.
Darrell and his mom were able to remain in the house they had always lived in.
Darrell's mom never had to work because his dad left them a lot of money.
Darrell's mom got a job and they moved to the apartment.
Darrell got a job and took care of his mom.
Darrell's mother has friends in California.
Darrell's mother is feeling anxious about the move.
Darrell's mother knows she is going to love her new job.
Darrell has gotten excited about moving.
She didn't care anyway, so why bother.
He blamed her for everything and didn't want to talk to her.
She was never around for him to talk to.
He didn't want to make her worry about him even more.
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