The Destructors

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Mike is one of the youngest members of the group. Mike’s frequent moments of surprise show the difficulty of mastering the group’s code and moving from childhood into adolescence. Mike is eager to contribute and wants to be taken seriously. He is proud when he manages to warn the gang that Old Misery is coming and dutifully follows instructions to play his part in trapping Old Misery in the outdoor lavatory.
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Mike Character Timeline in The Destructors

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Part 1
Codes of Behavior Theme Icon
Adolescence, Age, and Rebellion Theme Icon
...group of tough young boys who call themselves the Wormsley Common Gang becomes its leader. Mike, who is nine and constantly struggles to conceal how many things he finds surprising, is... (full context)
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...Blackie promises to borrow a sledgehammer from the storage space of some construction workers, while Mike is told to come after he gets out of church and whistle to be let... (full context)
Part 2
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Adolescence, Age, and Rebellion Theme Icon
Destruction and Creation Theme Icon
...the sounds of the destruction. T. instructs Blackie to destroy the bathroom, while also giving Mike new instructions to take everything out of the drawers and cabinets and destroy it, hacking... (full context)
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Money and the Value of Things Theme Icon
T. shows Blackie the special thing he has found: seventy one-pound notes that Mike overlooked when he shredded Old Misery’s mattress. Blackie asks T. if he intends to share... (full context)
Part 3
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The next day the boys assemble to continue the destruction, but Mike and another boy are not able to come. Rain begins to fall and thunder sounds.... (full context)
Class and a Changing World Theme Icon
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At that moment, they hear a whistle. Mike has run away from his mother to let them know that he has seen Old... (full context)