The park sign that warns campers to stay where they are if they're lost and soon they'll be found symbolizes Rayona's predicament at the beginning of Chapter 5. She's lost, but then she's found — by Evelyn and Sky, two unlikely saviors who come to her aid.Evelyn and Sky are everything that Christine, Elgin, and Father Tom are not: adults who accept Rayona at face value. Without hesitating, Sky tells Rayona about his past, including the fact that he avoided the Vietnam War draft by going to Canada — unlike Rayona's Uncle Lee. Evelyn, although she has "bright and suspicious" eyes, accepts Rayona without question, noting only matter-of-factly that Rayona is black, which Rayona doesn't dispute, and that she's not eighteen, as she claims to be.Rayona quickly takes to her new job in the park. She feels a freedom about herself that she's
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Father Tom, Rayona, Rayona Taylor, Uncle Lee. Evelyn