predict that the author is trying to inform the reader. in the text on page 752, it is said ''all the kids from the whole neighborhood come, laughing and shouting in the school yard''. this means that Margie is thinking about how much fun all the children had in the past.
on page 749, it is said ''Margie hated school, but now she hated it even more than ever the mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test''. this explains that Margie did not get to meet, play, or make new friends and had to learn by a mechanical teacher and look at a screen all day.