Chapter 17

Read by: 
Miriam Pepper: Vice President, Editorial Page, for The Kansas City Star

Miriam Pepper has led The Kansas City Star’s Opinion pages in print and online for the last 10 years. She has also served as The Star’s Readers’ Representative as well as a business columnist, political reporter, special projects reporter, City Hall bureau chief, and Missouri Legislative correspondent. She has also worked for the Associated Press and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is secretary-treasurer of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, president of the Kansas City Press Club Foundation, and a two-time Pulitzer juror. She is married and the mother of two adult children.

SYNOPSIS: The town of St. Petersburg mourns the assumed loss of Tom, Huck, and Joe – until the boys make a surprise appearance in the church during their funerals.