On My Honor   -     By: Marion Dane Bauer
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On My Honor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1987 / Hardcover

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"On your honor?" Joel's father said. "You won't go anywhere except the park?"
"On my honor," Joel repeated.

On the way to the park, Joel's best friend Tony challenges him to take a swim in the treacherous Vermillion River. Both boys have been warned never to go near the river, but Joel gives in. He doesn't want Tony to think he's scared. It isn't until Tony disappears that Joel comes to a terrible realization--Tony can't swim.

Joel dives repeatedly in search of his friend, but with no luck. Back at home, the stentch of the river grows strong on Joel's skin as he wonders what to do. Pressures mount from the outside, and from within. People are beginning to ask questions about Tony while Joel, weighed down by a profound sense of guilt, gropes for the courage to tell the truth. In a narrative filled with action and conflict, Marion Dane Bauer treats moral issues with the same power and sensitivity she displayed in her earlier books, Rain of Fire and Shelter from the Wind. Recommended for ages 12 and up. A 1987 Newbery Honor book.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1987
ISBN: 0899194397
ISBN-13: 9780899194394
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Ages: 12-14

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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.

Author Bio

MARION DANE BAUER has written more than 80 children's books, including picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and novels.  She won a Newbery Honor for On My Honor, a middle grade coming-of-age story. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit her website at www.mariondanebauer.com .
 

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"A powerful, soul-stirring novel told simply and well." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

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