Something Wickid this way comes

Alex Kaznica
Monday, July 30, 2000

Before Reading
Process of selecting this book
I use processes that are most common among my peers to select my books. I usually have one of my parental units, usually my mom, to go out and look for books. This is the way it happens because up until now I had no mode of transportation. I have faith in my mother to make a good choice; she usually does, for she knows most of my likes and most of my dislikes. This is how it’s been for a long time, but at least she can pick some pretty interesting books.

During Reading
Three unfamiliar words/unfamiliar usages

· Alighieri – meaning hell or some hellish place
· Ironmongery – heavily tooled, worked, and strangely shaped iron
· Drolls – cliffs and mountebanks


The seller of the lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm in a green town in Illinois, in late October. The lightning rod salesman calls to the boys and asks if their folks are home, they say no. He asks if they have any money, the boys shook their heads. He then asks them their names. William Halloway and Jim Nightshade the boys reply. The boys begin to tell their story on how they were born only minutes apart around Halloween. The lightning rod salesman decides to give the boys a rod for free because, he feels a storm is coming and it’s going to hit Jim’s house. The contraption was covered in ancient dialects, the language of the storms. He goes on about the storm that is going to hit. “It’s going to be no ordinary storm,” the lightning rod salesman says. He says his name is Tom Furry and for the boys to hammer it high on the roof. Tom totes his bag of contraptions and walks on as the boys nail the rod up.
The boys head down to the library for their weekly run. They get to the library and Jim heard some strange music off in the distance. Will’s dad meets the boys there; he works as a janitor and is quite old. The boys looked at some dinosaur books, they all discuss the books that they have picked and they head for home. They are upset that the storm is not coming because; they wanted to see the house get hit by lightning.
Charles Halloway wants to run home with the boys, but he stops himself. He thought, “Will runs because running is its own excuse. Jim runs because there is something up ahead. Yet they run together.” He wonders why the boys are together because they are complete opposites. He tries to place it, but can’t. He heads to the bar for a drink, talks to some people about things, and what was a long time ago.
The boys get down town and take their time. The shop lights are on and people are scurrying about. Will comments, “Folks run like they thought the storm was here!” “It is.” Jim shouted, “Us.” Then the city became dead as they rounded the cigar shop. They saw Mr. Tetley and said, “Hi.” They heard something far away on the wind, but couldn’t say what it was. They see Mr. Crosetti crying, as they run by. Jim and Will sell Licorice and cotton candy, they stop to talk to Mr. Crosetti about the smells, they can’t agree on where it comes from.
Charles heads for home whistling Christmas songs. He passes a store with two sawhorses with a block of ice on them and a man leaving the shop waved to him, he had hairy palms on his hands. Charles reads a sign for a carnival inside, and it’s written in bold, “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD.” He did not believe it, it was nothing but frozen river water to him yet he stared long and hard at the block.
Jim stopped at the corner of Hickory Street where he saw Will. This is the street where they used to steal apples, plums, and apricots, but the “thing” happened, it changed the houses, the taste of the fruit, the air. The street changed from houses, trees, plums, apples, and apricots, to one house with a window, than a stage with