Where Do You Stop?

Kraft, Eric. Where Do You Stop?: the Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy (Continued). New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1992.

Reason read: way back in February I started the Peter Leroy series in honor of Kraft’s birthday.

I read this in a matter of just a few days. If you have been following along, Peter is now in middle school. It’s at this time that he discovers the sweetness of coming of age (girls and the secrets of their underwear) and the harsh realities of the times (segregation and prejudice). Despite these milestones of growing up, Peter is still the smart-alecky kid with a quick wit. He is constantly one-upping his parents and getting his friends to do outrageous things (the lighthouse “watchtower” is hysterical). While Where Do You Stop? is a short book it is not short on fun. The title of the book comes from a homework assignment Peter and his group of classmates are supposed to answer. The assignment has no deadline but it’s a philosophical question that haunts Peter to no end. As always, he is a kid who needs answers in the most logical sense.

Book trivia: I love the cover of Where Do You Stop? with its ping pong balls precariously balanced on mousetraps ready to be sprung.

BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called (duh) “Eric Kraft: Too Good To Miss” (p 141).

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