Black Swan Green Chapters 6-8 Summary & Analysis

David Mitchell

Black Swan Green

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Black Swan Green Chapters 6-8 Summary & Analysis

Chapter Six Summary: Spooks

Jason, trying to impress his classmates, is instrumental in a prank against Mr. Blake, who kept their football when it went into his yard. Jason ties a dark string to Mr. Blake’s doorknocker while the boys and Dawn Madden wait across the street with the spool. When Pluto Noak pulls on the thread, the doorknocker knocks and Mr. Blake comes out, confused. When the trick is repeated, Mr. Blake confronts them. Jason is horrified that something he has been involved with could have a dangerous consequence. He wins the respect of the boys and is a hero in school the next day. Opening his pencil case, he finds a note with letters clipped from newsprint that reads “the graveyard 8 tonite Spooks.”

Jason knows immediately what this means. “Spooks” is a secret group of boys in Black Swan Green who stick up for each other. The boys Jason idolizes are part of this group; being part of this group would secure him the social status he covets.
At dinner that night, while Jason worries about his upcoming meeting with the Spooks, his mother reveals that her friend Yasmin, who owns several interior design shops, has asked her to manage one of the shops. Julia and Jason are supportive; Jason’s father is skeptical and scornful.

In the graveyard, Jason is discouraged to realize that Moran has been invited to the Spooks initiation as well. The Spooks are definitely not that cool if Moran can be part of the group, too. Grant Burch, Pluto Noak, and John Tookey are waiting for them. The rules are simple: They must go through six back yards in fifteen minutes without being caught. If they get caught, or if they’re late, they can never be members of Spooks.

Jason goes first. Each backyard brings its own terror – a couple overhears him, a fence board breaks as he scrambles over it, he lands in a shallow pond, he has to inch along the top of a ten-foot fence to get around Mr. Blake’s greenhouse and wait out a conversation between Squelch’s mom and sister before he…

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