Dear Sarah-Anne, Matt isn't going to dress up that differently from anyone else.  Most of the time he would wear jeans and a T-shirt.  At parties he would be dressed very formally in a suit.  Mexican children are dressed exactly like adults for parties.  The one exception is the Day of the Dead, which is like our Halloween.  Mexicans are very fond of dressing up like skeletons with big sombreros, fancy black jackets and pants decorated with silver.  Google The Day of the Dead and I'll bet you will come up with lots of pictures and ideas.  Mexicans have displays of skeletons doing almost anything, getting married, going on picnics, driving cars.  I hope this helps.

Thanks to "sgs" for asking me to write a sequel to The House of the Scorpion.  I'll be working on it next year, after I've finished my current book, The Islands of the Blessed.  These things take time...


I hope you will all be patient with me while I figure out how to answer questions on this #$*!! computer.  This answer is for Kathryn Dwyer.  Thank you for liking the Ear, the Eye and the Arm so much.  Someone has just done a screen play for it and has given it to Will Smith.  He is interested, but nothing in Hollywood is certain.  He is probably waiting to see whether Obama is elected before taking a chance on such an off beat project.  Up till now, Hollywood has been unwilling to make a movie about black children because they think the market is too small.  They think there won't be any European sales either.  A long time ago I was turned down by a top New York publisher because she said no one wanted to read a book about black children.  This turned out to be wrong and perhaps Hollywood is wrong, too.

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