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Cummings, Priscilla.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 4.8
ISBN 0525473173

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Digger, J.T. and Brady have been friends forever. Yet as they stand on the shore and watch  Mr. DiAglelo slip further from shore in his Red Kayak, shouldn't they warn him of the dangerous currents? After all, he is new to the area. No states Digger bitterly, whatever happens he deserves, besides, he would never hear us. Brady has his doubts but doesn't challenge his friends. That moment will haunt him forever. It wasn't Mr. Diangelo in the Kayak after all but his wife and child. Tragedy strikes. But it was just a terrible accident wasn't it?  (Catherine Ryan, New England College, Henniker, NH)

Booktalk #2

When a prank goes wrong, thirteen-year-old Brady and his two friends unintentionally cause the drowning of a child. Now Brady must decide whether to turn his friends in, or remain silent. The background of the Eastern Shore and its ecology plays a large part in this story of honesty and betrayal, and of the changing way of life for Marylandís watermen. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)

SUBJECTS:     Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Boats and boating -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Eastern Shore (Md. and Va.) -- Fiction.


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