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Children's LiteratureDriving his skiff out into the Gulf of Mexico to avoid thinking of his parents' impending breakup, eleven-year-old Skeet Waters discovers a dead manatee, a protected species. When he investigates further, and thinks he has discovered who shot it, he has a difficult choice to make. How could it be Dirty Dan, his former hero, his grandmother's old friend who took him out tarpon fishing, with a lure, and worked with him until he got one? And if he reports Dirty Dan, what will happen to his retarded son, Blink? Skeet would like things to be as they have always been. But life gets complicated, as his grandmother, Memaw, says. This sparkling senior citizen, winner of a local karaoke concert, nearly walks away with Skeet's story; he is certainly lucky to have her advice and the model of her enthusiasm for life. Like the menu in the Chinese restaurant they visit, life involves choices. For Skeet, untangling the question of right and wrong is much more difficult than solving the mystery. Clearly set on Florida's Gulf coast, and smoothly told, this suspenseful story will leave middle grade readers much to think about. 2005, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 9 to 12.