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The Shootings at Echo Creek High Darnell Clevenger

The Shootings at Echo Creek High

Darnell Clevenger

Published May 1st 2006
ISBN : 9781412085199
Paperback
413 pages
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A baroque novel, Echo Creek is little different from most places where people congregate for living purposes. City government is run by the wealthy and powerful, mainly Papa Lizardus, media magnate, unlikely lover, and Donjons number one adult enemyMoreA baroque novel, Echo Creek is little different from most places where people congregate for living purposes. City government is run by the wealthy and powerful, mainly Papa Lizardus, media magnate, unlikely lover, and Donjons number one adult enemy after the latter seduces, ironically, the Papas daughter- Ura Shill, lawyer, winner of national prosecutorial contests, and Donjons number two adult enemy- and Dr. Al, champion of no child left behind and superintendent of Echo Creeks school system. Donjon, hero of his own dreams, begins his story with an absurd account of his original ancestor, a common enough creature who commits a perverted act and suffers the consequences. As the novel progresses we meet Echo Creeks first fathers and follow them in the adventures which led to their fame and fortune, and to the establishment of Echo Creek. We meet Cass and Adam, Donjons friends, when our hero joins them in their bizarre westward trek to Dedmons Woods the summer before Donjon enters elementary school. We follow the three as they age and move from one adventure to another, from their clash with Stinky in Dedmons Woods- their capture by the homeless gang- their friendship with the rebel publisher, Marcus T- Donjons conflict with Mrs. Boat and Mr. Wright- their experiments with big game hunting- Cass spitting contest with the Shill- to, ultimately, the attack on Echo Creek High. We wander with our three heroes through official and unofficial Echo Creek, meeting such local celebrities past or present as Hardy Ball, baseball hero- Noah Waters, builder of an underground ark- Frieda Frog, born-again lesbian- Crock and Babel, terrorists- Reverend Gagan, miser and sensitivity trainer- and the black corpse with parts missing, which leads to a rainbow carnival and the only city-wide brawl Echo Creek has ever experienced.