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Children's LiteratureFor 16-year-old Gordon Westley the summer of 1956 is the summer he learns that revenge can be as seductive as love. The fortunate son of "old money," he lives on the north shore of Lake Erie, drives his own car, and comfortably hangs out with good friends. His summer starts off well. He has plenty of free time to devote to thinking about his new girlfriend, Mary Davidson, and to being with her at the drive-in, the movies, and even the beach at night. Gordon and his friends see themselves as wild but they are also "good boys;" while there is much talk about erections, and some petting, he and Mary are admirably restrained. Gordon also has a long-time enemy, Lancer Caldwell, who thinks Mary should be his. The violence escalates from petty vandalism to family tragedy, and Gordon, who had been consumed by passion for Mary, just as passionately seeks revenge. Gordon is saved from his murderous impulses by a World War I veteran, regrettably referred to as "Injun Joely," who knows what killing really means. This minor character plays a major role in Gordon's maturation and the plot resolution; it would be more convincing if readers knew why. On the other hand, this coming-of-age story is filled with authentic details of fifties music, food, and teen dating life. The family's reaction to tragedy is believable and the story will engage high school readers looking for historical fiction with realistic teen characters. 2006, Tundra Books, Ages 12 to 16.