2 Vocab Words.
to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.
a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views
"They were short- five foot six and five foot seven- but they ran like flushed rabbits and, with practice, they learned to shoot basketballs as well as they shot rifles." (47)
This quote is significant to the book because the people the author is reffering to, are the kids from Fort Yukon, who would eventually become High School Basketball champions. It shows that they had a small disadvantage (being on the short side) but were able to hold their own and compete well against all of the other schools.