Napisana leta 1978
Jezik: angleščina

Najprej umre oče. Nato umre mati. Da jih ne bi poslali v rejo, štirje otroci smrt matere prikrijejo, nato pa so prepuščeni sami sebi. Izkrivljen način življenja nam opiše petnajstletni Jack.

Julie spoke quietly. “You think girls look idiotic, daft, stupid…?”

“No,” I said indignantly.

“You think it’s humiliating to look like a girl, because you think it’s humiliating to be a girl.”

“It would be for Tom, to look like a girl.”

Julie took a deep breath and her voice dropped to a murmur. “Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short and wear shirts and boots because it’s okay to be a boy; for girls it’s like promotion. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, according to you, because secretly you believe that being a girl is degrading.”

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