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Joel's best friend Tony drowns while they are swimming in the forbidden, treacherous Vermilion River. Joel is terrified at having to tell of his disobedience and overwhelmed by his feelings of guilt.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published on August 7, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0547722400
ISBN-13: 9780547722405
32 Book Reviews
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  • JoelTuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm
    Its really sad yet really good
    • 20mnoble
      20mnobleTuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2:21 pmFeatured
      This book is so good! It is about two boys named Tony and Joel and they go on a bike ride. When they go over a bridge Tony dares Joel to go in the river they were told never to go near. Joel doesn't think it is a good idea but it is to late Tony was already swimming. Joel walk down to the river and finally agrees to go in. They have a race and Joel is in the lead but when Joel looks but Tony is gone he tries to look for him but he is nowhere to be found. When he gets back to his house he doesn'tt tell anybody what happened but by the end of the story he finally decides to tell. If you haven't read this book you really should!
      • 22axp
        22axpThursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm
        like this book
        • swag101
          swag101Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm55 stars
          this book is sad, but excites.
          • squirrely
            squirrelyTuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm
            thanks for giving it away
            • 20mfoley
              20mfoleyTuesday, November 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm55 stars
              This book is very depressing. If you're looking for a happy book, don't pick this one. It's good, though. Tony wants to go on a dangerous bike ride. When they get to a bridge Tony wants to swim in the Mississippi River. They have both been warned not to go near it. But Joel doesn't want Tony to think that he is scared. After a fight Joel dares Tony to swim to a sand bar. When Joel gets there he looks back but Tony is gone. FOREVER.
              • 20mfoley
                20mfoleyTuesday, November 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm55 stars
                This book is very depressing. So if you're looking for a happy book don't pick this one. It was also good though. Tony wants to go on a dangerous bike ride. After they reach a bridge, he says he wants to swim in the Mississippi River, they were both warned not to go near it, but Joel doesn't want tony to think he's scared, and after a fight, Joel dares Tony to swim to a sand bar, but turns around... and Tony is gone. FOREVER.
                • 20tolearyTuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm
                  great book
                  • 20nikb
                    20nikbTuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm55 stars
                    This book is about a boy named tony and joel, joel dares tony to race him to the sand bar, but when he turn around the mississippi river is empty tony drowned and died, This book was super amazing.
                    • 20dianab
                      20dianabTuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm55 stars
                      This book is very good! It is about a boy named Joel who dares his best friend, Tony, to a race in the dangerous river. Tony accepts and they race. All goes well until.......TONY DROWNS!!!!!!!!!! Joel doesn't know how to tell his parents and Tony's parents. I mean, they were told not to go near the river. I highly recomend this book. It is nice and short. It is also a Newbery Award book. No wonder since it is so great. Happy reading!!!!!!!