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On My Honor (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

On My Honor (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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This is a devastating but beautifully written story of a boy's all-consuming guilt over the role he plays in the death of his best friend. Joel and Tony have been together since they were babies. Although Tony's crazy jokes and wildness sometimes make Joel feel as if he were much older, and even make Joel angry, no one is as exciting as Tony. But when Tony suggests they climb the bluffs at Starved Rock, Joel is frightened, knowing how dangerous the bluffs are. He's also afraid of Tony's sharp tongue, though, so he asks his father for permission to ride his bike to Starved Rock, certain that his father will say no. When his father says yes, Joel finds himself riding Tony's old, beat-up bikewhile Tony coasts along on Joel's 10-speedout to the state park. Halfway there the boys cross the , and Tony, who earlier had refused to go swimming at the pool with Joel, decides to swim in the river instead. Angry at Tony's lack of sensethe river is both dangerous and dirty Joel dares Tony to race out to a distant sandbar with him. Then the unthinkable occurs: Joel reaches the sandbar; Tony disappears. The realization slams into Joel with its hideous finality. Tony is dead, and it is all his fault. Joel's efforts to cope with his staggering sense of guilt are handled with stark reality, so that the reader shares his sense of the enormity of life's unfairness. Yet within Joel's first perception of the total uncertainties of life, there is also the steadfastness of his father's love. While there is death, there is also love, and Bauer's honest and gripping novel joins the ranks of such as Katherine Paterson's in its handling of these issues.
Copyright 1986 , Inc.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"A powerful, soul-stirring novel told simply and well." -- Review
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Description

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience.

From the Publisher

"On your honor?" Joel's father said. "You won't go anywhere except the park?""On my honor," Joel repeated.During a bicycle trip to the state park, Joel dares his best fried Tony to a swimming race in the dangerous vermillion river. The boys have been warned never to go near the river, but Tony can't let Joel think he's scared. Both boys jump in.When Joel reaches the sandbar, he turns and looks for Tony and finds that he has vanished. Joel is stunned. How can he face their parents and the terrible truth?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

"On your honor?" Joel's father said. "You won't go anywhere except the park?"
"On my honor," Joel repeated.
During a bicycle trip to the state park, Joel dares his best fried Tony to a swimming race in the dangerous . The boys have been warned never to go near the river, but Tony can't let Joel think he's scared. Both boys jump in.
When Joel reaches the sandbar, he turns and looks for Tony and finds that he has vanished. Joel is stunned. How can he face their parents and the terrible truth?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is an award-winning author who also teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College. Among her Clarion titles are ON MY HONOR, a Newbery Honor Book; A BEAR NAMED TROUBLE; and RUNT: THE STORY OF A WOLF PUP. She lives with her partner, Ann Goddard, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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