Sunday, September 24, 2006

Red Kayak

“After all this time, I still ask myself: Was it my fault? Maybe. Maybe not.”

Thirteen-year-old Brady is the narrator of this novel, and we see the events through his eyes. He deals with some moral choices when his young neighbor Ben dies in a boating accident. Another theme of the novel is what over-fishing has done to people’s livelihoods and to the environment. Brady’s father is a waterman who makes a living catching crabs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Brady is called out to help the other watermen search for the missing boy and his mother who had been out in a red kayak. Brady rescues Ben from the water, but even after getting him to the hospital – the boy dies. This is difficult for Brady and his family because they had lost a daughter several years earlier.

The moral dilemma becomes more difficult when Brady suspects that maybe this wasn’t just a terrible accident.

This novel is by Priscilla Cummings.


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