Setting: Bedford Middle School (Wallace's school), present day.

Characters:
Wallace– He is a boy who tells nothing but the truth and that gets him in a lot of trouble sometimes. He is on the football team, and last year he scored the winning touchdown at the championship game. Wallace does not like the book Old Shep, My Pal by Zack Paris.

Rachel– Rachel is an aspiring actress. Her favorite actress is Julia Roberts. She writes letters to her asking for advice. She is, of course, in the drama club.

Mr. Fogelman– Mr. Fogelman is the English and drama teacher. His favorite book is Old Shep, My Pal by Zack Paris.

A conflict that is going on is Wallace is in detention because he didn't give a proper book review of Old Shep, My Pal. This means that he can't play football until he gets out of detention. His only way out is by writing a book review that is at Mr. Fogelman's standards.

Quotes:
Sam Tageson
"Not Great Heavens"
This seems like a harsh comment but however this could also be seen in a good way. I think the person wasn't trying to sound harsh but yet they couldn't figure out another to say it. All in all this comment isn't rude if you don't look at it like it was meant to be harsh.

Audrey Bautista, November 17.
"If I was my dad, the words would have flowed like sap from a maple tree."
He was saying if it was his dad who was doing the report, his opinion would not matter. His father is known for lying about everything. He probably wouldn't really read the book. He would just write a kiss up review to the teacher saying that it's his favorite book and so on. When I read this, I just kind of laughed because some students really do that. Writing the review was very difficult because he hated the book with a passion and his teacher would always disapprove the truth that was coming from Wallace Wallace. Wallace never lies about anything so it's pretty much impossible for him to do the review. If I was in his shoes, it would be so difficult for me too. This may sound bad, but if I were him, I would just say that the book was okay just to make Mr. Fogelman happy. It's not saying it was the best nor the worst book ever, it's just so I could get out of detention and help the football team.

Natalie Garcia
"The more dad lied, the more I told the truth"
Wallace is saying that he learned how to tell the truth from his dad's mistake which was lying. He realized that lying causes more problems than the truth. For example, his parent's divorce. His parents divorced because his mom wanted to hear the truth and his dad wouldn't recognize that even if it slapped him in the face.
"I knew that acting was going to be my real career. Ever since my third grade play, Land of the Butterflies.
Rachel is expressing how big her dream is to be a famous actress. She said that during her third grade play someone threw up, and everyone ran off the stage screaming. She was the only one there hugging her caterpillar costume tight and holder her breath until she passed out. The significance of that is even at that age she knew that the show must go on. As you read further in the book, Rachel shows how dedicated she is to the theater. But she is a perfectionist and it sometimes does get annoying.
"If Wallace could make the difference before the Giants, I'd be all over you to give the kid a break."
Now Mr. Fogelman is finding out that Wallace isn't all that great of a player. The touchdown he made last season at the championship game was an accident. And I don't think that the rest of Bedford knows that either. It's not fair how people are getting mad at Mr. Fogelman because he gave Wallace detention. If someone doesn't do what the teacher expects, then the teacher can give out any punishment he wants and the rest of the people just have to deal with it. Sure, I'd be mad but trying to get a teacher to over rule a detention is almost impossible because they have way more authority than you, and you really have no say in it.


Sam Tageson
"The Giants always do their best"
Wallace is saying in a type of code he's trying to say Parker group of secret agents always do good. This is an intresting statement by him. At first I didn't understand what Wallace meant until I decided to read the next sentence and then I got it.

Isaiah Mitchell =)

He stood up "Well, thanks for-uh-having me-" Oh, you'll be seeing us all again, " announced Mr. Fogelman. "On Monday, right after school. " You could almost see the stubborn streak rise out of the creep's spine, straighten his neck, and come forward to stiffen his jaw. " I've got a football practice. " The teacher shook his head. " Not anymore, not until you complete your work I assigned you. " "But Mr. Fogelman, " Trudi piped up, " Wallace is really important to the Giants. You know, last year- " I know all about last year." The director cut her off. He looked at his watch. " We'll meet me back here on Monday. That includes you, Wallace." I feel like this way when my dad says that in your work is not done you can go to basketball practice or kick boxing.

Audrey Bautista [:
"You know, I honestly would have forgiven him if he'd just come out and admitted that he did it because he was angry about his detention." Honestly, I think Rachel is too much of a perfectionist, but I don't blame her. One day she wants to be a very successful actress like Julia Roberts. She is very serious when it comes to acting. I don't think she should be so rough on everyone though. She doesn't have proof that Wallace Wallace actually did do it, she just assumes so because he hates the book. I understand her being mad and all, because she wants the play to be ideal, but I really don't think she should act like she already knows that Wallace did it. Also, she barely knows him and she's already caused quite a lot of trouble for him. I think she should get to know him a bit more before putting him on her bad side.

Sam Tageson
"The more dad lied, the more I told the truth"
Wallace is saying he now knows to tell the truth. He has finally realized that when you lie you just cause problems. Even after his mom divorced his dad because his father would never tell the truth.

< Gino Ruiz >
" The more i think about my dog the more his memories fade away"
Wallace is saying this because when he thinks about his dogs passing the memories he has with the dog fades away because if you thing about something for a long time you eventualy forget about it in the long run

Audrey Bautista [:
"I'm the kind of director who believes that a play belongs to its actors."
The play is held at school and the director is the main man but without the actors, there is no play. So I agree with what Mr. Fogelman is saying. The students run the play and they are in charge. He let's them change the lines a little bit so they can make the play to what they want. I like how he lets them make it more modern and put their own twist into it because some teachers can be so traditional. At the time he said it, he was trying to act calm but inside he was burning because he was angry at Wallace. He keeps turning in a review about his honest opinions but it's not what Mr. Fogelman wants. He still has to continue going to detention and missing football practices and games. I think that he's a good teacher but it really annoys me how he keeps sending Wallace to dentention. Plus, he's the star football player and since he's missing everyone keeps wondering where he is. I think he should atleast go to the games.

Isaiah Mitchell =)
"The more dad lied, the more I told the truth"
He is saying that the more his dad lied he told the truth. He did not want to be like his dad and be a lier so he tells the truth all the time, cause he does not want to get in trouble. He says what's on his mind. He realized that its not good to lie too so he told the truth.

Isaiah Mitchell =)

"I'm the kind of director who believes that a play belongs to its actors."
Mr.Fogelman is saying that the play just does not want to the play play to be about him he wants the play to belong to its actors. He saying that they he wants them to own the play, to take control of the play and act really good. Someone like Wallace wants to play football and he does not want to do the play and act. So Mr.Fogelman said "I'm the kind of director who believes that a play belongs to its actors." So he's an actor but, he wants to play football so he's really angry, mad, and dying inside, so he's mad and Mr.Fogelman is saying that.

Sam Tageson
" The more i think about my dog the more his memories fade away"
What Wallace is saying the more he thinks of his dog the more his dogs memory goes away. I think i Wallace stops thinking about his dog his memory will eventually come back to him.

Audrey Bautista
"The only thing louder than Trudi was her nail polish." I think that that passage is really funny. Trudi is always trying too hard and making a fool out of herself especially in front of Wallace because she likes him. When she's around him, she always goes crazy and blurts out many things. Even if his answer is a simple "No,", she still thinks that he is perfect and has no flaws. She is what you would call obsessive. She seems like those type of girls whose life only revolves around the person she likes. Also, she is very girly. She loves reading magazines about makeup, fashion, and boys like 'Tween Dazzle' It's really funny to read about her because she is really head over heels with Wallace. Rachel tries to tell her that she's insane, but she doesn't listen.