There's a mystery about a stagnant pond where supposedly a former schoolmate perhaps drown and some bones of a girl named Lucy that Weirton likes to display to horrify the students. Ryan and his friend Jonathan are some of the brighter children, and they use their imaginations and local folklore to while away the time between whackings.
Because there are a lot of whackings, all described
Mostly it's an unremitting cycle of abuse that destroys any real initiative a child might show
The author is an excellent writer. He describes the gloomy atmosphere in
I found the first part of the book slow and repetitive;