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This page lists descriptions of Minor Characters that appear in The Breaking Wheel.
Shelly is one of Reed's friends and is the twin sister of Pickle. Reed harbors a small crush on her because he finds her attractive, though he recognizes that they will probably stay as friends. She is extremely intelligent and has a large vocabulary, which Reed picks up on. She also has a habit of chewing on the ends of her hair.
Dilbert "Pickle" Girard
Pickle (a nickname based on the word Dill) is another friend of Reed and is the twin brother of Shelly. Reed admits that he is unattractive, but his intelligence makes up for it. He doesn't understand social cues too well and as a result may seem rude, but he always has good intentions. He is short and has dark skin, like his sister.
Ory is the youngest of the Girard siblings, at six years old. He enjoys playing with Pickle's robot, especially ramming it into walls and contorting itself. Reed fears that what is happening to Pickle's robot is what is happening to Julius, and it's later revealed to be the truth at the end of the story.
Mrs. Girard and Mr. Girard
Mrs. Girard and Mr. Girard are the parents of the Girard siblings. They are both smart people. Mr. Girard travels to do consulting for big companies, and Mrs. Girard stays home to take care of the kids. She takes a lot of classes and has many interests. Reed admires the Girard home, as he doesn't have a great home life.
Thales is the Girard family dog. The dog goes with Mrs. Girard when she goes out, leaving the kids to their own devices.
Reed's dad is a single father after his wife died. Reed knows that he tries his best for his family, but he feels more at home in Girard's family.
Alexa is Reed's younger sister. Reed plans to build his exoskeleton project to fit over his sister's doll in order to scare her, but he realizes he won't finish in time.
Ms. Billings is the teacher of Reed's robotic class. Pickles believes that she is a robot because she doesn't show emotions. She has blue eyes and pale skin.
Leah is a classmate in Reed's class. She has round glasses. After Julius was reprimanded by the teacher, Reed looks to her, and she winks back.
Mr. Janson is the bus driver. He waits for Reed to make sure he doesn't miss his bus. He has gray hair.
Pickle's project is a small humanoid exoskeleton about the size of a remote control car. Despite its boring looks, it is able to manipulate itself in many fascinating ways. The remote he uses to control his robot inadvertently also controls Julius's exoskeleton suit, which leads to his torture and death.
Shelly's project is a dog-shaped exoskeleton about the size of her Labrador, Thales. It mimics a well-behaved dog, and can be folded down into a robot the size of a puppy.
In Ms. Billings's robotic class, she uses different robots as an example for her students as well as to control the class. One robot crashes its cymbals to quiet the class, while a spider-shaped endoskeleton attaches stickers to keep track of participation. One is shaped like horse and gallops around the classroom to demonstrate an engine. Reed finds it hard to pay attention in class with all the moving animatronics.