I think Rudy does these things because it is his mentality/personality. We all have these things that we just feel is right to do and stealing, standing up for people, and throwing a race away; because that is Rudy’s personality. He feels it is right to let other people win, and to steal a book for this girl and stand up to bully’s. Personally i love what the author did for Rudy’s character he made him like a guy i would actually want to hang out with in and out of school. I think Rudy will live about another year or so before he dies.