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Book Notes Title: After The First Death Author:
Robert Cormier Date Started: 02/06/00 Date Ended:
03/06/00 Miro: Miro is a teen-age terrorist that
came from another country know, in the story, as
their Homeland. Even Miro himself is uncertain of
his age because during the training (Or as they
call it, school) age is not important. Te training
is preparing them for terrorism. Miro is feeling
less and has learned not to give in to the call of
nature. For example: Things such as hunger,
Restroom needs and most important sleep and
tiredness. In the story Miro is a doubtful teen
looking for action.

Artkin: Artkin is a very dark
and dangerous man. He rescued Miro and his brother
from the refugee camps and took them to the
school. Artkin is very educated in the sense of
terrorism. He taught Miro everything he knows and
is the leader of that specific team of Freedom
Fighters. His age and Identity is also unknown
Kate: Kate is the victim of the hijacking of the
bus. She thinks that all of the terrorists are
monsters and don’t deserve to live.

Kate has red
hair and has freckles. She also has a very weak
bladder and often urinates uncontrollably. Miro
thinks that most American boys would find her to
be attractive. Ben: Be is the son of one of the
head generals that are apart of the operation on
stopping these terrorists. Later in the story Ben
is the one who is chosen to deliver a message to
the terrorist and doing so he barely escapes
death. Because of that Ben and his father haven’t
spoken for months and maybe even years.

because Ben told all the information to the
terrorists he could no longer live with himself so
he committed suicide. There was no real
description of Ben because the story was told from
his point of view. Mark: Mark is bens father who
feels guilty for forcing Ben to deliver a message
to the terrorists and as a result Ben kills him
self. At the end Ben and his father has a very
deep conversation but of course it is in Marks
imagination. Mark is a General for a top-secret
military force. He is part of a group know as Fort

He has a very secret life that he can not
share with his family. Antibee: Antibee is a very
strong and buff man. He is the watchful eye for
the group. He is very skillful at his work. Later
he gets shot be one of the snipers in the woods.
Stroll: Stroll is the best driver in the country.
He is African American and he is very quiet rarely
speaks but when he dose it is very important. Most
of the tome he uses gestures instead of words.
Sedeete: Sedeete is the leader of the Freedom

He is even greater than Artkin. Later he
is captured and that was the downfall of the
operation. Raymond: Raymond is a little boy who is
on the bus. He is the only child who truly knows
what is going on because he is awake while all the
other kids are asleep. And he also refuses to eat
any of the drugged candy and as a result he his
killed by Artkin. In my story there are two
settings one is in a dormitory of castle high and
the other is the bridge where the hijackers take
the bus.

Castle High is the high school where the
kids of people that are involved with Fort Delta
go. It is a very heavily secured area. That is
also the school that Bens father attended. Ben
room is one of the biggest in the school because
the fast that Bens dad is one of the Generals. My
other setting is the bridge. The bridge is the
place where the hijackers take the bus full of

The bridge is fairly big. It is about
300 yards, or as Miro describes it, 3 American
football fields. The bridge has railroad tracks so
there are gaps in between the bridges floor. There
is also the bus which has taped up windows to
unable the soldiers to see any ones face. The
story starts off with Ben franticly typing on his
type writer. He frequently stops and looks out the
window waiting for his dad because this would be
the first time they had seen each other or even
spoken to each other since the bridge.

While Ben
is waiting the story moves into the terrorists
point of view. The terrorists are standing in the
corner waiting for the last child to be picked up
by the bus. When the last child is picked up they
will hijack the bus and take it to an abandoned
bridge. But as they stop the bus they notice that
the bus driver is not the usually man who hates
kids. Instead it is the mans niece. Instantly
their plan is disrupted but they decide to treat
the girl the same way as they would to her uncle.
Meanwhile Ben is still waiting for his father who
has yet to show up.

Ben promises him self that he
wont do anything stupid until he discusses it with
his father. While Ben waits for his dad he is
still frantically typing his journal and thoughts
of the whole situation. Now the terrorist have
hijacked the bus and gave the driver directions as
to were she should go. The girl follows the orders
as given but tries to find some way to escape.
When they reached the bridge Artkin, the leader of
the group, instructs Miro, A teen apart of the
group, to give the kids drugged candy they had
prepared before hand. Miro does as instructed by
the leader and a while later the kids all fall
asleep. Miro was suppose to kill the bus driver as
soon as they reached the bridge but since the bus
driver wasnt the regular man who hated the kids
Artkin told him to hold off.


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