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On My Honor

On My Honor

by Marion Dane Bauer

"On my honor," Joel says to his father when he promises not to go anywhere except the park.

So when his best friend Tony 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.

A devastating but beautiful meditation on guilt and redemption, this simply told story will linger in readers' minds long after they have turned the final heartbreaking page.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
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Guided Reading
Clarion Books
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About the Author

Marion Dane Bauer Bauer is a remarkably prolific author who has received critical acclaim for her ability to step inside the viewpoint of a child. Her best-selling novel On My Honor was named a Newbery Honor Book, one of countless awards and citations Bauer has received for her work over the years.

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