Above and Beyond by Susan Bonners

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An old secret is revealed and an unusual friendship forged.

Jerry has an easy time coming up with a topic for an oral report on local history -- his subject will be his favorite cousin, Charles. Jerry remembered hearing a story many years ago: Charles used his rock-climbing skills to rescue a five-year-old girl and became a celebrated hero in the community. Jerry researches the event on microfilm at the library and visits the commemorative plaque at the rescue site, but he quickly realizes that a firsthand account would be the best resource of all. He does some detective work and is able to track down the girl, now grown up and living in a town not too far away. But when Jerry hears her version of the incident, one odd detail doesn't seem to fit. As he gets closer to solving the mystery, it becomes apparent that the story coincidentally involves Danny, a classmate with whom Jerry's been forging a tentative friendship. When Jerry ultimately uncovers the truth, its impact is greater than anyone could have imagined.

About Susan Bonners

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Susan Bonners is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Edwina Victorious and The Silver Balloon, which won the Christopher Award. She lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts.
Published October 10, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bonner (Edwina Victorious, not reviewed, etc.) makes references to class and economic differences between the two boys, as when Danny comments that his house could fit inside the two-car garages common in Jerry’s neighborhood, or the classroom discussion of historic contributions to the town made...

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But when Jerry starts to do research into the heroic feat, he becomes tangled up in a mystery --- one that could change his life and the life of his community.

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