On My Honor

On My Honor

by Marion Dane Bauer, Dolores Kozielski

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ISBN-13: 9780440466338
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/28/1987
Series: Yearling Newbery Series
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marion Dane Bauer has written more than one hundred children's books, including picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and novels. She won a Newbery Honor for On My Honor, a middle grade coming-of-age story. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. www.mariondanebauer.com.

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"A powerful, soul-stirring novel told simply and well." —Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Descriptions are vivid, characterization and dialogue natural, and the style taut but unforced. A powerful, moving book." —School Library Journal 

"While there is death, there is also love, and Bauer's honest and gripping novel joins the ranks of such as Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia in its handling of these issues." —Publisher's Weekly

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On My Honor 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Brian123ohya More than 1 year ago
"On My Honor" By: Marion ane Bauer Joel and Tony were best friends sense they were little. This fictional book "On my Honor" by Marion Bauer is about a couple of friends wanting to have an outrageous time but when they decide to have dangerous fun that's a whole different story. Joel and Tony decided that they wanted to race in the dangerous vermillion river when Joel suddenly runs into trouble of guilt and sorrow. The main character Joel in this book "On My Honor" by Marion Bauer is a brave twelve year old boy who finds himself in many bad situations throughout this story. Joel effect's many others in this book like when he had to tell his parents the ugly truth about what they did instead of going to the park. That led to much melancholy and sorrow throughout the book from Joel and the parents. Joel looked like a boy that didn't deserve what he got and that parted haired, blue shirted, brown shoed boy thought that Tony wasn't like him at all that tony was a daredevil as he was the angel who just got burned. That kid had himself one heck of a day. Marion displayed outstanding imagery throughout this story apart from the great visualization opportunities. "If I find him sitting on the bank I'm going to kill him" Joel said tells you that Marion was trying to describe anger but hope at the same time. Marion eliminates any non juicy words and replaces them with a nice set of amazing verbs that are an easy way of visualizing. You can imagine that Marion wanted the readers to know the relationship between Joel and Tony was opposed and an unlikely pair of good friends because as you know Tony was a daredevil while Joel is explained as the nice kid. Tony many times interrogates Joel to do things he doesn't want to "come on you baby lets just do one race". "Fine". Said Joel. Tony says a thing that insults Joel and he just has to agree to stop getting criticized. Bauer also can display a various amount of amazing sorrow tone moments in this story. One of the most emotional parts of this book is when Joel has to tell the parents about what happened at the lake. "I looked for him but he went under I tried to find him" said Joel as misses Zabrinsky moaned and took a step backward". A horrible and sad moment in this heroic book. "It's your entire fault you shouldn't have let me go". Joel blurted out. Joel tried to hide his sadness with guilt and anger but those great feeling just could not be broken. I would recommend this book to readers from 10 to 20 years old because it shows many experiences that you need to watch out for and to always don't do what you do not want to do. This book had many great turning points from the beginning to the end. People who like cliffhangers should read this book. I would rate this a 9 out of 10 for its display of the amazing plot and authors craft.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exactly how many boxes of tissues will you need? More than ten, that's for sure! On My Honor is an story that you will want to share with family and friends and will treasure forever. Joel and Tony encounter the dangourous Vermillion River. Then Joel cannot find Tony. How will he explain the news to his family? And worse...Tony's parents??? Read On My Honor to find out yourself!!!
star1021 More than 1 year ago
This was a spectualar story line and plot. All the chartaers got finished story lines by the end of the story. Most sad but heartwarming stories I've read. This one of my favorites. Hope this helps.Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book and a quick read but it is really sad, so if you don't like sad book sdo not read this. But if you dont mind sad books, it is a fantastic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need to do a book report on this and I was wondering how many pages it is ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was probably the best book I've ever read! Me, 10 year-old Caleb recommends this book to all! Only read this book if you don't care about violence, but it's a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book totally captivated me, I felt what Joel felt. Sad,angry,and mourning I felt that I had known Tony my whole life and was heartbroken when his parents figured out his death.
bell7 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Joel and Tony have been best friends since they were small. Joel has always been the obedient, cautious one; Tony is a charismatic daredevil. Tony's latest scheme is to bike out to the state park and climb the bluffs. Joel doesn't want to, but what boy wants his best friend calling him a coward?It almost sounds like the set up to a heavy lesson story, doesn't it? Instead, through a third person narration closely tied to Joel's point of view, we see a realistic boy who wants to do the right thing, but also save face with his friend. While it isn't necessarily the type of story I'd choose to reread, I can see why it was a Newbery Honor book.
Veronchis on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Summary: This a is a story about best friends named Joel and Todd. Joel is more of a rule follower and Todd is a rule breaker. Todd wants Joel to ride their bikes to Starved Rock State Park so they can climb the bluffs. Joel is secretly scared and knows his dad will never let him go. Joel's dad ends up letting him go and Todd didn't even ask for permission. On the way there they decide to stop at a river bank off the road, this is the Vermillion River. Tony being the rule breaker runs down the bank and gets into the water, Joel tells him its not safe and to get out. To stop Tony from teasing him Joel decides to get in to. The boys end up fighting and Todd threatens to leave to the bluffs instead. Since Joel is scared, he dares Tony to swim upstream to the sandbar. They race up the river with the strong current against them. When Joel turns to check on Tony he realizes he's gone. In a frantic search for his best friend Joel almost goes under too. Joel gives up and heads back home. Joel is so scared he decides to pretend that he does not know where Tony is. Towards the middle of the night Joels guilt leads him to tell Tony's parents the truth. Joel has lost his best friend for good.Personal Reflection: As I started to read the first chapter I immediately was hooked. I really enjoyed the story and I felt all the emotions the characters were feeling. In the last few chapters i had to hold back my tears, I really felt mixed emotions at the time. I would recommend this book to young readers and adults as well.Classroom Extensions: 1. I would give the class a short writing assignment, they can tell me a time when they felt peer pressured.2. Have a discussion on why telling the truth and being honest is important.3. Have a discussion if they have ever lost a friend, whether it be by death or because they moved.
LAteacher on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Joel promised his dad that his friend Tony and him are just going to ride their bikes to the park. But on the way Joel dared his best friend Tony to swim in the Vermillion River. The boys had been warned not to go near it, and Joel knew that Tony doesn't know how to swim. Tony doesn't want to look scared, so Joel and him raced swam to the sandbar. Joel reached the sandbar and look for tony but he's gone. Then Joel had to face the truth that his best friend had drown, and he had to explain everything their parents. He knows he's going to get in trouble so he lied.
kdangleis on LibraryThing 18 days ago
On My Honor, a Newberry Honor Book, by Marion Dane Bauer, is a realistic fiction story about twelve years-old boy, Joel and his best friend Tony. Joel is a cautious tween, while his best pal Tony is much more of a risk taker. The book is based around one day¿s events that lead to a tragic ending. Tony pressures Joel into asking permission to ride out to the state park, in order to climb the bluffs. Joel, hoping his father will say no, asks permission to ride his bike to Starved Rock with Tony. Surprisingly, Joel is granted permission. Tony¿s plan was to climb the bluffs, but is distracted by the river. The boys know they aren¿t supposed to swim in the river, but the adventurous Tony bates Joel to swim anyway. Tony, a non-swimmer, ends up drowning. Joel attempts to locate Tony, without success, once he realizes Tony doesn¿t make it across to the sandbar. Joel is beside himself with guilt and cannot bear the thought of admitting to his father, and Tony¿s parents, what has happened. While this is a sad story, it is not sugar-coated with a happy ending. Bauer is able to show how a tragic accident can take place because two boys could not keep their word. The reality of reckless behavior can have fatal consequences, as it does for Tony in this story. Joel is left to deal with the guilt, shame and devastation of his friend¿s death, even though he knows better than to swim in the river. The peer pressure that Joel succumbs to, can be translated into any type of peer pressure: drinking and driving; using illegal drugs; going somewhere forbidden by parents; racing cars; driving without a license; etc. It is the same type of peer pressure that has been struggled with for generations, and will be struggled with until the end of time. The struggle with peer pressure is universal and is experienced by anyone who has ever grown up. Bauer is successful in developing a story that has a meaningful message and will help young readers reflect on potentially dangerous choices they might make in their own lives.
ERMSMediaCenter on LibraryThing 18 days ago
When his best friend 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.
Omrythea on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Kind of a so-so story about a boy wrestling with his conscience.
imagrtdnlvr on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This book is about two young boys that decide to ride their bikes outside of town. Joel and Tony have known each other since birth and are almost like brothers. Tony's mom is the neighborhood sitter so his parents are close with Joel's parents. Tony decides he would rather swim in the river than ride to the bluffs, but Joel says they're not allowed. They have always been told how dangerous the river is and unfortunately, they find out.This book hit home with me. I experienced something similiar to this situation when I was young and lost one of my friends. This would be a good informational book for young children to let them know of the dangers that are out there. Not all children listen to their parents but maybe this book would make them realize.As an extension, I would have the children write a summary and give a learning response. I would also use this book to introduce safety rules, I would have the children create posters with the safety rules they choose. I would also introduce various vocabulary, for instance, synonyms, antonyms, figurative speech.
jnogal on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A difficult book to read, but very well done. Parents should take a good look at it before their kids read it, just in case.
debnance on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This book blew me away. Talk about a heartbreaker. Two boys lie to their parents, telling them they are going to ride their bikes up to a park when they fully intend to do something they¿ve been forbidden to do. One boy doesn¿t come home. Newbery Honor.
midkid88 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This book was a quick read for me but still hit me hard. The author does an excellent job showing the emotions that Joel went through when a bike ride turns tragic. This is an excellent book to use for showing kids what it is like loosing someone close and the emotions that come with it.
mj113469 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In this book, Joel and Tony are best friends and neighbors. They decide to go on a bike ride to the park. Tony is the dare devil of the two boys, not afraid of anything. When the two boys make it to the bridge on there way to the park, Tony decides he wants to go for a swim in creek, Joel knows this is not right but it will keep him from going to the park. Once down on the banks and in the creek, Joel dares Tony to swim out to a sand bar, not knowing that Tony cannot swim. They make about half way when Tony goes under. Joel tries to find him he even goes back to the road to get help, no luck. Joel goes home and locks himself in his room and does not tell anyone about Tony. I really enjoyed this book. This book makes you feel like everything is happening to you. This book makes me think if I were in that situation what would I do.Have the children do the trust fall or talk about if something like this has every happened to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On My Honor was heart-stopping at times and Heart-wrenching as well. As a mother and grandmother I could understand the pain the father went through. And as a daughter, who was once an unsure little girl, I could feel what Joel was going through. I finished the book with tears in my eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it was a very sad book but very well written with a facinating lesson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are reading this book in our class and it is awesome.I highly reccomend this book.
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 I like this book because it is talking about two friends who are disobedient but learn an important lesson.   They didn’t  listen to Mrs. Zabriskie or Joel’s dad when they were told not  to  go to Starved Rock.                                                           Then Joel doesn’t tell anyone about what happened with Tony in the park  while                                                                                     he was swimming. Next time listen to your parents because it is for your own good.  ALexMCHMS14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is awesome