On My Honor
"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.
- 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- Interest Level
- Grades 6 - 8
- Lexile Measure