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story set in Canada in 1980 between Passover and Pentecost.

main protagonists:

  • Papa: an elderly street person who lives in Tent City in Shit Towne
  • Saul: a confused child-ghost who variously pesters others despite his best intentions
  • Damien: a six-year-old orphan living in Tent City; his tent is the Headquarters of the Poon Five gang
  • Tiger Twins: street urchins who live in Shit Towne, but interact with the Poon Five gang
  • Jacob: a broken little boy with a special friendship with Damien
  • Squeak: a naive and damaged little girl with big dreams; blind in one eye
  • Jack: the strongest child of the Poon Five, he is obsessed with Squeak’s well-being
  • The Davidson Family:  a healthy family with a home/house in Shit Towne
    • Mrs. Maritha Davidson (“Meemo”): a Social Worker in Shit Towne who visits the orphans and cares deeply for them
    • Mr. Hab Davidson: …
    • Davidson Teens: friends with the Tiger Twins; have started an amateur band called “The Jaw-Shua Shuffle”
  • Shitpit: a black cat left stray by Isabelle but feed by Damien; Shitpit is blind in his right eye
  • Jota: a kid with a family in Shit Towne, but helps the Poon Five gang with technology

main antagonists:

  • Mayor Glutts: (kids call her “The Queen”); The mayor of Shit Towne; opposes Papa at every turn
  • Councilor Bureau: (kids call him “The Knight”); he runs a committee whose mandate is to get street kids off the street; closely allied with Mayor Glutts
  • The Captain: a ramshackle pilot with a mysterious past who deals drugs in Tent City and interacts with the orphans there
  • Isabelle: a wicked ghost who roams Shit Towne; hates The Captain passionately
  • Ms. Elizabeth Interaxagram: a brutish librarian who runs a day-programme for the orphans of Tent City
  • The “9-5-Oh” gang: based elsewhere in Shit Towne; a large gang of street kids who are urchins… resist and interfere with the Poon Five at every turn
  • “Alley Watch”: a community-based committee (they are set on “cleaning up Shit Towne,” but they do more damage than good)

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