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"Long gong…barrelcracker… barrel…barrelo'monkeys …wong-gong."
This is Zach Wahhsted, he has schizophrenia and can't tell the difference between his thoughts and reality. His mind is extremely dangerous, especially without his medication. His medication helps eases his thoughts.
When school is over Zach usually walks home to a coffee shop where his mother picks up him and drops off his medication.
"Time…grime…pantomime… long-gone wong-gone wong- gone long gong…"
Until one day when two robbers decided to rob the coffee shop. They took Zach and others as hostages. Without Zachs medication his thoughts are getting louder and louder.
As soon as they get in touch with the police they let go the other hostages and keep Zach as a hostage until he receives his medication. Zach begins to find out who they are, and why they are robbing the coffee shop. After a while with negotiation with the police Zach finds a closet with a back door and makes a run for it, gunshots were heard. But the robbers saved him. Instead of Zach being shot Stormy the oldest robber was shot.
The most important part of the story is when Zach begins to have suicidal thoughts throughout the middle of the book, it really brings a new aspect or view of life. Like how much we should be thankful for simply living a healthy life, without any diseases that we don't have any control over.
My favorite part of the story is when the two robbers Stormy and Frosty tell Zach why they are robbing the coffee shop. Stormy and Frosty are teenagers 16-18 years of age. They tell Zack that they are robbing the coffee shop to pay for their mothers cancer treatment.
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