'Deep Water' is a psychological study of a young boy's moral dilemma when he abandons a friend to try to avoid getting himself into trouble. The subject matter, short chapters and accessible language make this book suitable for both younger children and older reluctant readers.
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: When Jon agrees to skip school with Ryan, they steal a boat and go rowing on the local river. But they hit some rocks and Ryan is badly hurt. Jon must go and get help, but he's so worried about getting into trouble that he doesn't tell anyone, convincing himself that Ryan will be found. Soon, the police are involved, the pressure is mounting, and Jon realizes the gravity of what he has done - and what he must do now. Three days after the accident, he runs to the place where he left Ryan - and, thankfully, finds him just alive.