64 pages 2 hours read

Markus Zusak

Bridge of Clay

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2018

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Part 3, Chapters 27-38

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 3: “cities + waters + criminals”

Part 3, Chapter 27 Summary: “the corridor”

Clay arrives in the town of Silver, where the Amahnu River floods. He buys a map and walks northwest to his father’s property. He keeps stalling his journey, battling with fear and guilt for much of the afternoon. At long last, he approaches the house. 

Part 3, Chapter 28 Summary: “the murderer wasn’t always the murderer”

The Murderer, Michael Dunbar, grew up in a small Australian town called Featherton. His mother was a typist for the town doctor. Michael spent his childhood building towers and reading comic books on the floor of the doctor’s office. His father died in a fire when he was young, leaving his mother a widow. One day, a girl from school named Abbey destroys a spaceship he builds, and the adults in his life are impressed by how well he handles it. The mailman gives him a package addressed to his mother, which contains gifts from a charity organization supporting the fire victims. He finds a calendar inside of Men Who Changed the World, which contains information about Michelangelo. Because the calendar is a year old and used, his mother challenges him to find 24 women who changed the world before he can have permission to keep it.

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By Markus Zusak