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The Tragedy Paper

By: Elizabeth LaBan

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Seniors must write about a tragedy for their required English paper at Irving High School. The first day on campus, Duncan arrives to find a stack of CD’s and a note left to him by the previous resident promising a topic for his tragedy paper.  In alternating chapters, an albino teen by the name of Tim Macbeth gradually unfolds his story of love for Vanessa and the strange balance he creates for himself as he lives for his chance meetings with her while striving to avoid any contact with her popular jock boyfriend.  The plot guides you ever so gently to the inevitable tragic ending that must occur.

Prepared by Pat Strawn, Librarian, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas