Red Kayak

Red Kayak

by Priscilla Cummings
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Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings

Brady loves life on the Chesapeake Bay with his friends J.T. and Digger. But developers and rich families are moving into the area, and while Brady befriends some of them, like the DiAngelos, his parents and friends are bitter about the changes. Tragedy strikes when the DiAngelos’ kayak overturns in the bay, and Brady wonders if it was more than an accident. Soon, Brady discovers the terrible truth behind the kayak’s sinking, and it will change the lives of those he loves forever. Priscilla Cummings deftly weaves a suspenseful tale of three teenagers caught in a wicked web of deception.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142405734
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/06/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 55,157
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Priscilla Cummings lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Red Kayak 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in the seventh grade and i live in washington. im your average prissy stuck up snob, and i absolutely HATE reading. i think its a waste of time and that their isn't one good reason for it. but i was forced to write a report on an adventure/mystery book for school. i just picked this book up off the shelf and didn't even read the cover. it grabbed onto me and i couldn't put it down. i actually got in trouble at school for reading when i was suppose to be working! my friends and parents couldn't figure out what had gotten into me. i LOVED this book and i recommend it to ANYONE. it is a fanomenal book.
BesterReaderEver7 More than 1 year ago
We are currently reading this book in class, and I am loving it. A twisted tale of a boy named Brady who is forced to choose between squealing on his two best friends or forever hold the most dangerous secret ever. I recommend this book to people of all ages. It's filled with mystery and sadness, a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book, becuase of how good the author grabs you and makes it so you want to cry, lauph and feel pitty for the main character. you will feel the same things that the character feels.
Tammy Garrett More than 1 year ago
This book has a asome plot with all of its twists and trunes
Majo12 More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe how good this book was. At the beginning I was like " this isn't very exciting". But then i reached the climax of the story and its like "wow, this is a great book". the author uses amazing resources to make sure it sounds as real as possible, and it really worked. I can really relate to the characters. She puts in lots of details which really makes the story move along nicely. I could not believe how well the story fit together. It was a mystery while it was a breath taking story. It was truly a sad tale, but it keeps you reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when the red kayak sinks of the Diangalos and they have a tragedy Brady has to choose between friendship and the write thing what will he do read the book and find out o ya it starts out slow but then you cant put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book reading it in english class asked my mom to get it for me so I could get ahead in class. I just can't stop reading it and I am not the type who read all the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness this book is amazing!! I read it for a book club when i was like ten and loved it!! (Even though it was really sad) this is a must read!!!!!
chickenTM More than 1 year ago
The Red Kayak was a very good book. The book left you wondering what happened next at every turn of the page. It started off with three boys being best friends. Throughout the book their friendship spirals downward as Brady, one of the characters, finds out a horrible secret but is to afraid what will happen if he tells. Brady is concerned about JT and Digger and what will happen to them. This book was surprising and had lots of twist and turns. Everything written in this book leads up to a perfect exciting climax. I would suggest that anyone reading this review should read this book. This book was so good that I could not put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the BEST book i have ever read! i usually dont like to read but i couldnt put this book down! i give it 100 stars out of 10!!!!!!(if i could)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down-- it was suspensful from beginning to end. Out of all the books I've read (and there have been many), this definitely ranks near the top. I highly recommend this book for school or simply pleasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't exactly have a passionate love for reading, but this book really inspired me to continue reading. Instead of just turning on the tube.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brady Parks is a 13 year old 8th grade student at Alexander Holmes Middle School, located in Maryland off the Chesapeake Bay. He and his two best friends JT and Digger are caught in a terrible mess when a joke goes bad. Brady's story is full of suspense and surprises. I couldnt put the book the book down. You can really wrap your mind around this heart warming tale of a wonderful young man, who has had his share of sorrow. Will Brady make the right decision?? You'll have to read for yourself. This book is for the young and the oldER (like myself). I'll be reading Saving Grace, A Face First, and Autumn Journey soon. Priscilla Cummings has done a splended job at keeping this YA read very interesting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Priscilla Cummings masterfully tells a multi-faceted, gripping tale through a 13 year- old boy's eyes.This young man, Brady, the main character and narrator of the Red Kayak talks right from his heart.As readers, we are allowed into Brady's dilemas and heart wrentching decisions involving his two best friends and a serious tragedy. A three year- old in the story made a touching analogy between someone 'justing being mean' and not being a 'bad' person overall.Cummings makes me feel like I could be right there living near the Chesapeake Bay area where fisherman, crabbers, and life on the water intermingle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My literacy teacher read this in school, and a suggesstion, read book two and preorder book three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Kayak This book is about a young boy named Brady and a life changing situation. In this book a person very dear to Brady dies and he finds himself depressed for a while. He spends his days at home doing nothing. When he realizes this he tells himself that he has to pick himself up and do something with his life. Unfortunaly that life changing situation stays to haunt him. I really liked a lot of things from this book. The first thing being that the characters could really be people in the real world. There wasn’t anything super “special” about them. They weren’t rich or famous. They were simply like us. I also liked that this book teaches that you should listen to your heart or at least what you think is right. In this story Brady learns that it is okay to go with your gut and do what you think is right even if you think it will affect your family and friends in a negative way. He learns that not always does doing the right thing have such a bad effect. Another thing that I liked was that it was a quick read. Coming in with 208 pages, I found it to be just right for me. It’s short enough for people who may not enjoy reading or for those who need to read a book before a deadline. I did not like that it could sometimes become boring. It almost seemed as if the author wanted to simply write more for no reason. There was one chunk of the book, that in my opinion, that could have gone unread. This part of the book was the time that Brady was trying to recover from his unfortunate situation. It felt like I was living Brady’s day to day life of staying at home or going to work. In my opinon I thought the author could have skipped this part and carried on with the end. I might feel this way because I can get bored easily when reading books, so I like the action and the constant plot twists. I would recommend this book because it is an interesting story of a tradegy and learning to grow up. It’s a book that helps prove that your actions don’t go unpunished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this read to any middle school student, because it shows that every decision you make affects your future. This book really focuses on the pros and cons of making a big decision that impacts yours and others futures. It's definitely an Adventure/mystery book in my opinion. Throughout the book you get to view the story through our main character Brady eyes, who is a teenage boy with no siblings, The book also focuses on his two best friends J.T and Digger. Digger has a hatred for the DiAngelos, the family that took his grandfather's farm and built a modern home on it. Digger is not allowed anywhere on the property. J.T is not really described same as a lot of the characters, if I could change the book I would put more detail in the characters. Another thing about the book that I enjoyed was that it was fairly short and very interesting in some parts, for example in the beginning when action starts and towards the end when you are on the edge to find out what Bradly future for holds. One con about the book is it's really slow in the middle, and there is really no reason for it to be there, most of it is just the idea of everyday life. Another pro is that any 13-14 year old can really compare themselves to the book. For example brady’s decision about telling the facts he is finding out or whether not to tell someone what he now knows. So in conclusion this is rather short book with some very intense and rushing moments towards the beginning and at the end. Although you could read the beginnings, skip the middle and read the end, the book really shows a lot about growing up and doing the right things. Over all this book was a seriously good book and I will have walked away with a new understanding of myself and my decisions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brady, a thirteen year old boy, is supposed to be enjoying his summer before eighth grade. His hobbies usually include oyster and crab fishing with his friends. Instead, he ends up pondering over several dreadful decisions when he finds a horrifying clue to an unsolved mystery. After the kayak incident, Brady begins to work for Mrs. D'Angelo, a victim to unfolding crime. The several pros in this book easily outway the drawbacks. The first thing I really like is how the author annotates the adventure at the beginning of the story. It is quick paced and makes you feel like you are in the action, with your heart pounding and body chilled by the frigid water. A second thing I would complement on is the diversity of characters. Brady, the main character in the book has two friends, one with parents that abuse each other and another whom has an ailing father with a warm farm family. I think that the variance of characters and personalities in the book makes this a pleasing read for everyone. The last part that I really enjoyed about the story is the length of the chapters. For me, they were a perfect length to read before bed. Sometimes the book was so suspenseful that I had to double up and finish two. On the other hand, I did find a couple things that bothered me. The book never says what happens to the Di Angelos after the couple goes through a very depressing time. Another part I wish the author added was an epilogue that explained what happened to the boys after the story was ended. The last part I would change in the book is to remove the bland section in the middle of the book and add action there. Between about page fifty and one-hundred sixty, there is almost no conflict. Overall it was an intriguing book with many compliments and very few complaints. I think teenagers and adults alike could make connections to Brady’s life and become well attached to the plot. This will be a suitable read for anyone who wants page-turning realistic fiction and mystery book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book the benefit of the doubt, but it still was dull. I hope I am not alone, but I read to leave Earth. Give me Solo, give me Gandalf. But not a cruddy court case, I want spaceships and f*ing splosions not a kid with an emotional disorder, and the crime was as easy as an episode of Scooby Doo, but less fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in 1 hour and could not put it down. When i read it again i thought it was supposed to have him and his brother and then his brother gets hypothermia, and thts how it all leads up to the murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspensful and gripping... I loved it!! Had to read it for a school project and loved every page!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read. I am a professional writer and this is one of the besr books i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring boring boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE NOT PUTCHASED IT!!!!!!! BUT IT SOUNDS COOL!!!!