On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

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This short book packs a powerful punch!  Joel and Tony are best friends.  Tony has a very adventurous spirit, which often times makes Joel feel uncomfortable.  Sometimes Joel wonders why they are best friends, but truth is, Joel finds everyone else boring in comparison.

Tony really wants to climb the bluffs at Starved Rock.  Joel is scared and doesn’t want to do it.  Someone died trying to climb them last year.  Joel tries to convince Tony to go swimming instead, but Tony won’t budge.

While Joel and Tony were talking about Starved Rock, Joel’s Dad comes outside.  Joel sees this as the perfect opportunity to get out of going because he knows that if he asks his Dad if he can go, his Dad will say no.  Even though Joel knows Tony will get mad at him for asking his Dad, Joel goes ahead and asks him if they can ride their bikes out to Starved Rock.  To Joel’s surprise, his Dad says yes.

On their way out to Starved Rock, Tony stops at a bridge that is over the dangerous Vermillion River.  Tony dares Joel to go in. Joel is a good swimmer, but the Vermillion is so dangerous!  Caving in to Tony’s relentless daunting, Joel goes in after Tony.

To find out what happens next, read On My Honor.  It’s a suspenseful, gripping story that will be sure to leave a powerful impression with you long after you finish the book.

Genre: Realistic fiction

Series:  This book is not part of a series.

A/R Reading level: 4.7

Interest level:  Grades 6-8

Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: On My Honor

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