A theme that we all picked in this book is respect. At the beginning of the book, Benny did not have any respect for Tom. He called Tom all types of names and things he shouldn’t have been called . He curses in front of Tom but he shouldn’t. In the middle of the ending of the book, Benny starts to respect Tom more. He starts to look up to his brother as a hero. Benny is now a team with Tom; they both love and respect each other .