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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)
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)