| Quote #1
I stole away down to the old fort with Henrik van Boven, my Dutch friend who was also eleven.
What is Henrik and Phillip's friendship based on? How does it reflect their age?
| Quote #2
My mother was right, I thought. They had their place and we had ours. He did not really like me, or he would have taken me along. He was different. (8.11)
Phillip thinks Timothy isn't his friend because the older man sometimes leaves him alone on the island. Why does Timothy do this? Does this make him a friend or a foe?
| Quote #3
Suddenly, the tears came out. I knew it was not a manly thing to do, something my father would have frowned on, but I couldn't stop. Then from nowhere came Stew Cat. He rubbed along my arms and up against my cheek, purring hard. I held him close. (8.16)
Stew may only be a cat, but he's an important friend for Phillip on the island, offering solace and comfort when Phillip faces tough times.