The two primary characters, Michael Mackenzie and Jenna Ward, must deal with haunting consequences after a mishap on Independence Day. Even though the two aren't intimately connected, one single event drastically affects each of their relationships, decisions and outlook on life. The external conflict in "Swallowing Stones" occurs when Michael innocently fires his rifle into the air on the Fourth of July, proudly showcasing his weapon to his friends. The stray bullet hits a neighbor who is working on his roof and kills him. When Michael hears the report of the man's death on the radio, "the news hits him like a lightning bolt," according to Kirkus Reviews. The unfortunate shooting leads to a series of heart-wrenching events as Michael tries to deal with the guilt.
The feeling i get from the photo on the front cover is a mysterious confused feeling. The girl and boy both look very serious and nervous as well. Setting- Throughout Swallowing Stones there are many different settings. Briarwood Community Pool is where Michael works as a lifeguard. Jenna, Amy , Joe, Darcy, Andrea all go swimming here as well. Briarwood Public Library is where Michael stops on his way to the church stairs to read the news paper to see what is happening with the ward case.
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Mark Romero Tigner English 9 Period 3 October 19, Swallowing Stones Michael Mackenzie will think that he is having the best day of his life on his seventeenth birthday party on the Fourth of July, because in that moment he does not know that he has accidentally killed a man. The Briarwood police department desperately looks The novel Swallowing Stones by Joyce Macdonald teaches readers everywhere that lying ruins lives and relationships. This was demonstrated in the book by a character named Michael Mackenzie, who lived in a bundle of lies.