Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Retro Tuesday: Blackwater by Eve Bunting

"Thirteen-year-old Brodie Lynch was ready for the perfect summer of adventure along the awesome Blackwater River. That was before everything changed forever. When a harmless prank goes too far, the unthinkable happens. Brodie's lies make him a hero, but inside, his guilt tears at him like the treacherous current of the Blackwater itself, which has become a horrifying reminder of his part in the tragedy. In this gripping new coming-of-age novel, a young boy is faced with a choice between right and wrong and ultimately learns that truth can offer hope in even the darkest moments."
Just a quick blurb on this one. The plot moves quickly - the prank which leads to the death of two classmates happens almost at the beginning, and while Brodie's cousin bends the truth to make Brodie a hero, it is soon evident that someone else saw what really happened. Unfortunately, it was also pretty evident who that person was, so no big shocker at the end.

We liked the realism of the ending, though - no Disney finish for anyone. Lots of fodder for discussion - what would Brodie have done if there wasn't a witness? What might people's reactions have been if the truth had been told from the beginning. It was an accident...but it was still his fault...but he did try to save them...where does he really fall between hero and villain? He did try to correct his cousin's lies at first, how much does that count for? Not the best we've read with this type of storyline, but worth an afternoon read. We give it a

3 out of 5.

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