Broken Chain

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In “Broken Chain,” Alfonso, a seventh grader, dislikes his appearance.  He meets a girl named Sandra, whom he admires, and asks her to go biking with him.  Sandra’s bicycle has a flat tire, so he offers to borrow the bicycle of his older brother, Ernie.  Jealous because Alfonso might have a girlfriend, Ernie complicates Alfonso’s plans by refusing to lend him his bike.  The situation worsens when Alfonso’s bicycle chain breaks.  Ernie eventually changes his mind. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)

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