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Black Duck

Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

Newbery Honor Award Winner for Afternoon of the Elves

Great read for MS!

Two friends, Ruben and Jeddy find a dead body washed up on the shore of Rhode Island. It is 1929, and Prohibition is in place.  However, laws banning liquor have the inevitable and adverse effect of promoting its vibrant and illicit trade.  The stakes are getting higher, and times are dangerous. Hijacking, war between the bootlegging gangs, betrayal, and other subterfuge make for an exciting story.   Complex relationships and a complex topic will leave readers thinking about the wider implications of war on contraband.  After the repeal of the laws banning liquor, “It had begun to sink in that the violence that came from keeping liquor out of people’s hands was a lot worse than the violence of people drinking to their heart’s content.”

This tale is masterfully told and has a great twist at the end.  I highly recommend it for MS and up.