On a shimmery summer day, eleven-year-old Ben watches his too tall, bird-crazy best friend, Ring, wade into the river. Everyone else is laughing and talking on the riverbank, paying no mind. Ring turns and gives them all one last look -- and disappears.
Day after agonizing day, Ben waits for news of his friend. In the meantime, he tries to sort out a jumble of thoughts and memories so he can get things straight in his head about Ring. From his outlandish stories to his evasiveness about his background, Ring has been a mystery from the first. But friends like Ring -- the kind who instinctively understand you -- don't come along every day, and Ben isn't about to give up on him...especially after he starts to do some investigating of his own. But if Ben dares to consider that Ring might not have drowned, new questions arise. For if Ring is still alive, where is he? And why did he leave in the first place?
Lillian Eige's story of two boys who are desperate to trust each other, but are almost too scared to dare to, will leave you aglow with the strength of what a boy will do to protect the people he cares most about.
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Lillian Eige has written several novels for young readers, including Cady, a Junior Literary Guild Selection. She attended the Iowa Writing Program and lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-The power of friendship, both to complete and to bereave, is strongly evoked in this mood piece that works on the broadest level but falters in the details. Ben has connected deeply and unexpectedly with mysterious, charismatic Ring, the new kid in town. Readers get to know Ring through flashbacks; the book opens just after he has waded into the river, dipped under the water, and not resurfaced. Ben looks back on their friendship as he waits for some sign that Ring is still alive, a chronology that isn't immediately apparent due to the use of the present tense for both past and present events. Scenes Ben remembers during the interminable wait provide a series of clues that match the final denouement, although numerous implausible plot elements hinder the wrap-up. Ring's river disappearance, on which the story hangs, is explained away by a vague reference to swimming underwater. Other plot underpinnings are also shaky, including wildly improbable social-service scenarios. Those willing to overlook the carelessly constructed bits and pieces will find a worthwhile exploration of the complexities of love, friendship, and belonging.
Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
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Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689835817
Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110689835817