i agree, so far i like it too, becos i am from back east and am 51, so grew up using this language. it does not bother me, becos it was kid language, not really too insulting. kids are direct, and so far, i like his use of this direct language. loved the visual of the rolled up newspaper to sheild his ankles. so far, very great detail. i'm a newcomer, to this online thing, and live remote, so have never been involved in a book club ever--always wanted to. one question, what did riley mean by french canadian christian brosthers...not sure i get that...thanks!