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Me, Myself and Ike

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208 pages
After watching a tv program about Otzi, a 5,000-year-old Ice Man, Kit's friend Ike becomes convinced that Kit's destiny is to become the next ice man -- a source of information for future generations. Together they obtain artifacts they think will accurately reflect life in the early twenty-first century and plan their journey to a nearby mountain. Kit gets tattoos similar to Otzi's, writes a manifesto and tries to come to terms with making the ultimate sacrifice. As he grows more and more agitated and isolated, his family and friends suspect that something is terribly wrong, but before they can discover the true severity of the situation, Kit and Ike set off on what could be their last journey.
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heads together and whisper. They’re all talking about me. I’ll bet if they were naked I could see their tattoos. They’ve been taken. They’re waiting for me to be taken too.
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Text copyright ©2009K.L. Denman
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Denman, K. L.,1957Me, myself and Ike / written by K.L. Denman.
ISBN9781554690862
1. Schizophrenia in adolescenceJuvenile fiction.
I. Title.
PS8607.E64M4 2009 jC813’.6 C20099028050
First published in the United States,2009
Library of Congress Control Number:2009928211
Summary: Seventeenyearold Kit is paranoid, confused and alone, but neither he nor his family and friends understand what is happening to him.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Design by Teresa Bubela Cover artwork by Getty Images Author photo by Hannah Denman
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For the moon and the meadow, with love.
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love. W i LLi a m B L a K e
f i v e th o u s a n d y e a r s ag o…
hé mén aré éary. hé îg îs aîng. By no éy sou avé arrîvé a éîr ésînaîon an éîvéré é coppér ax. ï’s céar éy’vé goné asray, péraps îno énémy érrîory. héy maké camp or é nîg, ué în é éé o an ovérangîng rock. héîr Iré, îc ars of bo é mounaîn co an é possîbîîy o anîma aack, îs a cacuaé rîsk. Sou osîé éyés appén o séép ovér ém, é smoké î béray éîr prés-éncé, bu suréy é boîng sno a as obscuré é anmarks a ay î concéa oné sma réa o rîsîng smoké. Suréy. héy éa quîcky, sarîng éér méa, la bréa an ruî, an én éy noîcé a é rock abové ém,
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îs sîouéé sark agaîns a sar-srén sky, résémbés a éarsomé béas. A ba omén. An yés, é réac-érous sno as éécé o épar, éxposîng éîr Iré. héy argué abou ousîng î, éîg agaîn éîr conlîcîng néés. ïn é én, a sma Iré bazés on. Néîér o ém sééps. A Irs îg éy sé ou, poîng séaîy on éîr snosoés, éaîng or éîr omé vîagé. Déîvéry o é ax î avé o aî. hé sars avé a éas gîvén ém îrécîon, é sun oo în îs rîsîng. héy kéép éîr éapons în an. hé aack, én î comés, îs ary a surprîsé. héîr énémîés aré cumsy an ovérconIén as éy aémp o éncîrcé é paîr. So noîsy, so ooîs. hé ravéérs’ Irs arros In éîr marks. So o é néx. Péraps éy î éscapé? Hopé larés, o as bréa, as éy orgé on, éyés arîng among é réés or a gîmpsé o urér réa. Havé éy on? ïs î possîbé? ï îs no. hé aîr pars, îssîng, an éy aré î, oné în é souér an é oér în é arm. héy o no a. héy é ly sît répîés an no…No î îs oné. ïncréîbé. hé arénaîné rus o vîcory aos ém o rérîévé précîous arroéas, o no amîraîon, oné or é oér. Bu én a rus as
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run îs coursé, éîr ouns bégîn o spéak o paîn, o oss, o éa. No, no éa. hé oné mos soréy ouné sî sans, an é oér oo. héy éan ogéér, saré suppor an go on. Ho ong éy sruggé orar, néîér o ém can say. Séa runs rom éîr bros, bu î îs as noîng comparé o é runnîng o boo. héy sînk îno é sno, an no éy can séé a é arro o é arm as îé moré an a grazé, a lés oun, éasîy boun. Bu a oné sî ogé în é oér’s souér…ï îs no goo. “Ho séay no, an ï î rémové î. Lîé on,” says é oné î é grazé arm. hé oér îés on, bîés ar on é lap o îs béarskîn a. Hé oés no cry ou as é arroéa grîns agaîns boné, bu a o groan éscapés én é éars é sat spînér réé. “hé arroéa réusés o éavé you. ï îs éép. héré îs muc boo.” hé man on é groun nos. Atér a momén,é says, “You mus go.” Hîs companîon sakés îs éa. “No.” “You mus. No néé or our rîbé o osé o méa masérs.”
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