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Cummings, Priscilla. Red kayak.

CUMMINGS, Priscilla. Red kayak kayak (kī`ăk), Eskimo canoe, originally made of sealskin stretched over a framework of whalebone or driftwood. It is completely covered except for the opening in which the paddler sits. . Penguin, Dutton. 209p. c2004. 0-525-47317-3. $15.99. J

Cummings has written for slightly younger readers in her previous books, Saving Grace, Autumn Journey, and A Face First. This is a solid YA novel, featuring a thoughtful 13-year-old narrator NARRATOR. A pleader who draws narrs serviens narrator, a sergeant at law. Fleta, 1. 2, c. 37. Obsolete.  named Brady who must deal with some serious moral choices when a little neighbor boy dies. The setting is the Eastern Shore, Maryland, and Brady's father is a waterman, making a living catching crabs Crabs
An informal or slang term for pubic lice.

Mentioned in: Lice Infestation

crabs Pubic lice, see there
. One stress point is that the crab harvest is smaller every year and the family and the neighborhood are suffering financially because of this. Brady is a skilled waterman himself, which is why he is called out to help in the search for the red kayak when a storm comes up and a woman and her child are missing. He finds the little boy but even with CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Definition

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a procedure to support and maintain breathing and circulation for a person who has stopped breathing (respiratory arrest) and/or whose heart has stopped (cardiac
, the child dies. This is a terrible situation for Brady, but it becomes much worse when he suspects that his two best friends caused the kayak to sink. Indeed. eventually Brady decides to tell what he knows, which means his friends are accused of second-degree murder.

This is a memorable story of a young person struggling with grief and guilt. Each character is believable be·liev·a·ble  
Capable of eliciting belief or trust. See Synonyms at plausible.

, including the adults in the story. There is plenty of action to appeal to readers, and the angst angst 1
A feeling of anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression.

angst 2
 will be something all YAs, especially those Brady's age. will be able to understand.

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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