What bugs me about this book, A Long Way From Chicago, is a character. Ernie Cowgill is a very irritating character.  He is not a very smart kid.  He is not irritating because of his own characteristics, but because of how people treat him.  They call him the run of the Cowgill litter.  This is probably deserved if you consider the fact that he is still in the 4th grade at 16 years old.  He also thinks that Joey of all people is a tough guy.  He is definitely not she sharpest knife in the drawer.  But still, they are so mean to him!