It's okay Frankie. This is better for you. You will go to school and live with a nice family.
I'm not leaving without you!
Let's talk more about that donation.
We would like to adopt Frankie for Mrs. Sturbridge.
We need to use our manners. She does not want us here. Maybe this is not the best situation for us.
Are you our new mother?!
They are brothers. I thought you would understand. They should not be split up.
TWO BOYS!! I TOLD YOU I WANTED ONE GIRL!! This is what you brought me!!
Mrs. Sturbridge has been acting differently since her father's death, but she is a nice woman with a big heart. Wash up. I will bring up your dinner after and show you to your room.
Is Mrs. Strubridge nice?
In chapter 7, two men in suits come to the Bishop's school, wanting to adopt Frankie for Mrs. Sturbridge. Frankie does not want to leave Mike, but Mike knows it is best for Frankie. "'I don't want to leave you.' Mike forced a smile. 'You'll be in a nice house. And when I visit, we'll play the piano together...You'll go to school...'" (Munoz Ryan, 225).
I'm sorry Missus. I didn't know he came down. I will talk to him.
In chapter 8, Mike and Frankie are brought to their new home. Mrs. Sturbridge is not pleased when she finds that she was given two boys instead of one girl. Mike starts to realize that this might not be the best situation for them. "Something didn't feel right... 'We need to watch our every step. And remember our manners. We don't want to get her angry" (Munoz Ryan, 263).
What is happening?!
Leave our store our we will call the police. You don't belong here.
In chapter 9, Mrs. Potter shows Mike and Frankie around their new home. She explains how Mrs. Sturbridge is normally friendly just has a lot going on. "...she's not been herself. But that's to be expected, considering all she's been through. Even so, I'd say she's a kind and loving soul, underneath all the rest'" (Munoz Ryan 267).
In chapter 10, Mike finds the piano in the new house. He was told that it needs playing. He also wanted to please Mrs. Sturbridge. As he plays it. he finds that it is never to be played. "'Lots of things don't make sense around here. You'll get used to it" (Munoz Ryan, 274).
In chapter 11, Mr. Howard takes Mike and Frankie to get new clothes. While they are shopping, the staff at the store grabs the boys, thinking they are thieves. After Mr. Howard threatens to tell authorities, the boys try on clothing. "Behind the curtain, Mike relaxed. He and Frankie spent the next hour trying on clothes..." (Munoz Ryan).
In chapter 12, Mike, Frankie, and Mr. Howard are walking home from shopping when Frankie sees a familiar poster. He remembers the band they wanted to try out for. They go inside the store and Mr. Howard buys them harmonicas. Mike chose a unique one and realizes that it was different. He thought he heard it play on its own, but didn't believe it. "When he lifted the box, he could have sworn he heard a chord erupt...He noticed a small red hand-painted M on the edge" (Munoz Ryan, 288).