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In 2012, a film adaptation of the same name was produced, directed by the author's son Lawrence Blume and starring Willa Holland as Davey.

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In 2012, [[TheFilmOfTheBook a film adaptation adaptation]] of the same name was produced, directed by the author's son Lawrence Blume and starring Willa Holland Creator/WillaHolland as Davey.

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* GratuitousSpanish: "''Cuando los lagartijos corren.''"


* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Hispanic Man]]: The Anglo inhabitants of Los Alamos have attitudes toward Hispanic males similar to those of Southern whites towards African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Davey's friend Jane tells her not to make eye contact with any Hispanic male because they're all dying to rape white girls, and Bitsy is apprehensive when she learns that Wolf's last name is Ortiz (and when Davey tells her he works at the lab, Bitsy first assumes he works as a custodian).

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* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Hispanic Man]]: The While Davey exhibits none of these attitudes, the Anglo inhabitants of Los Alamos have attitudes toward Hispanic males similar to those of Southern whites towards African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Davey's friend Jane tells her not to make eye contact with any Hispanic male because they're all dying to rape white girls, and Bitsy is apprehensive when she learns that Wolf's last name is Ortiz (and when Davey tells her he works at the lab, Bitsy first assumes he works as a custodian).


* BerserkButton: For Davey, it's when Walter dares to demean her father, implying that he was less of a man because he didn't complete his education and "lowered" himself to running a convenience store, and then goes on to badmouth her mother for being a teenage mother with no job at age 34. Davey goes into a blind rage and begins beating on Walter's chest, which earns her a slap across the face.



* KickTheDog: Davey's uncle does this when chewing out Davey for her poor report card (which really isn't that bad considering how much school she missed - two Cs, two Bs, and one A). She asserts that her dad said that learning was more important than the grade, and he cuttingly remarks that her father was a second-rate store owner.

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* KickTheDog: Davey's uncle does this when chewing out Davey for her poor report card (which really isn't that bad considering how much school she missed - two Cs, two Bs, and one A). She asserts that her dad said that learning was more important than the grade, and he cuttingly remarks that her father was a second-rate store owner.owner, then goes on to insult Gwen for being "pregnant as a teenager and destitute at 34."


* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Hispanic Man]]: The Anglo inhabitants of Los Alamos have attitudes toward Hispanic males similar to those of Southern whites towards African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Davey's friend Jane tells her not to make eye contact with any Hispanic male because they're all dying to rape white girls, and Bitsy is apprehensive when she learns that Davey's friend Wolf's last name is Ortiz (and when Davey tells her he works at the lab, Bitsy first assumes he works as a custodian).

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* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Hispanic Man]]: The Anglo inhabitants of Los Alamos have attitudes toward Hispanic males similar to those of Southern whites towards African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Davey's friend Jane tells her not to make eye contact with any Hispanic male because they're all dying to rape white girls, and Bitsy is apprehensive when she learns that Davey's friend Wolf's last name is Ortiz (and when Davey tells her he works at the lab, Bitsy first assumes he works as a custodian).


* ParentWithNewParamour: A friend of Bitsy's called Ned starts dating Davey's mother and Davey fears they'll get serious, as she hates Ned. He does ask Nell to marry him, but she turns him down.

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* ParentWithNewParamour: A friend of Bitsy's called Ned starts dating Davey's mother and Davey fears they'll get serious, as she hates Ned. He does ask Nell Gwen to marry him, but she turns him down.


* SchoolPlay: Davey gets the female lead of Ado Annie in a production of the musical ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma!}}''.

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* SchoolPlay: Davey gets the female lead of Ado Annie in a production of the musical ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma!}}''.''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''.


* LostInCharacter: Happens to Davey with the role of Ado Annie when she auditions for the school production of ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''. It works, as she gets the part.


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* SchoolPlay: Davey gets the female lead of Ado Annie in a production of the musical ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma!}}''.

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* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Jane's alcoholism.
** A lesser example is when Davey and her mother are having dinner at a Mexican restaurant toward the end of the book and the two share a pitcher of sangria, which Davey is allowed to consume even though she is underage (although, unlike Jane, she doesn't drink it to excess, and even remarks to herself how Jane would probably down the whole pitcher in five minutes). This could be considered troubling in that it could signify that, in allowing her daughter to drink, Davey's mother still isn't in any shape to parent; in that the restaurant doesn't think to check whether Davey is of age; or both.


* KickTheDog: Davey's uncle does this when chewing out Davey for her poor report card. She asserts that her dad said that learning was more important than the grade, and he cuttingly remarks that her father was a second-rate store owner.

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* KickTheDog: Davey's uncle does this when chewing out Davey for her poor report card.card (which really isn't that bad considering how much school she missed - two Cs, two Bs, and one A). She asserts that her dad said that learning was more important than the grade, and he cuttingly remarks that her father was a second-rate store owner.


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* LostInCharacter: Happens to Davey with the role of Ado Annie when she auditions for the school production of ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''. It works, as she gets the part.


* {{Fainting}}: A few times after her father's death, before the move to New Mexico, Davey passes out at school.

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* {{Fainting}}: A few times after her father's death, before the move to New Mexico, Davey passes out at school.school, due to panic attacks.


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** Although Davey herself chafes at the racism she witnesses regarding the Hispanic citizens of Los Alamos, she uses an anti-gay slur during a blow-up at her younger brother, calling his Dracula cape "faggy." This could be due to ValuesDissonance given that the book was published in 1981.


* TheAlcoholic: Davey's friend Jane.

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* TheAlcoholic: Davey's friend Jane. She's even frequently drunk ''in school''.



* MementoMacGuffin: The dancing bear that Davey enjoys so much in Mr. Orlith's hospital room is given to her after his death, per his final wishes.

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* MementoMacGuffin: The dancing bear that Davey enjoys so much in Mr. Orlith's Ortiz's hospital room is given to her after his death, per his final wishes.wishes.
* NotSoDifferent: When Davey confronts Jane about her alcoholism, Jane retorts that Davey is a fine one to talk about honesty, given the lie Davey told her about her father's death (she told Jane he died of a heart attack). Davey explains she lied because she wasn't ready to face the facts, and Jane responds that maybe she drinks because she has some trauma in her ''own'' life she's not ready to face. We never learn what that trauma is, however.


** Davey and her strange friend in the canyon only ever know each other as Wolf and Tiger.

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** Davey and her strange friend in the canyon only ever know each other as Wolf and Tiger.Tiger (although she does learn Wolf's real name, which is [[spoiler: Martin, when she visits his father in the hospital]]).


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* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Hispanic Man]]: The Anglo inhabitants of Los Alamos have attitudes toward Hispanic males similar to those of Southern whites towards African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Davey's friend Jane tells her not to make eye contact with any Hispanic male because they're all dying to rape white girls, and Bitsy is apprehensive when she learns that Davey's friend Wolf's last name is Ortiz (and when Davey tells her he works at the lab, Bitsy first assumes he works as a custodian).


* TeenIdol: Davey is a very good singer and thinks that this is what she would probably most like to do.

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* TeenIdol: Davey is a very good singer and thinks that this is what she would probably most like to do. In her daydreams she actually goes ''beyond'' Teen Idol stature and imagines herself performing in Vegas.


* ParentWithANewParamor: A friend of Bitsy's called Ned starts dating Davey's mother and Davey fears they'll get serious, as she hates Ned. He does ask Nell to marry him, but she turns him down.

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* ParentWithANewParamor: ParentWithNewParamour: A friend of Bitsy's called Ned starts dating Davey's mother and Davey fears they'll get serious, as she hates Ned. He does ask Nell to marry him, but she turns him down.

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