Joel and Tony have been best friends since forever. Tony is a sharp adventurous boy, and although Joel may be afraid to take his dares sometimes, he knows that Tony is the most exciting boy around. One day, Tony suggests he and Joel ride down on their bikes to Starved Rocks so that hey can climb it. At first, Joel is afraid to go, knowing how dangerous the bluffs are. But, after taking permission from his father, Joel let himself be talked into riding to the place. On their way, the boys spot the Vermillion river. Tony, who had refused earlier to go in the swimming pool, agrees to swim in the Vermillion river instead. Angry at how brave Tony is knowing that the river is dangerous and dirty, he dares him in a race to the sandbar. Then the unthinkable happens; after Joel finishes the race he turns to look for his best friend. He realizes that he is gone.
This book is amazing. If you think I have spoiled the book for you, don’t worry, it is a very short book and is mostly about Joel coping with his guilt over losing Tony. This is a highly recommended read from me. Bauer really hooks the reader and puts them in Joel’s place. She has such vivid descriptions. I would definitely give this book a ten out of ten!
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