Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

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When Ruben and Jed find the dead body on the Rhode Island shore, they are certain it has something to do with smuggling liquor. It is the l920’s, Prohibition is in full swing, and almost everyone in the shore community is involved. Suddenly, the boys find themselves involved as well: Didn’t the dead man have something on him, and didn’t they take it? It isn’t long before Ruben is actually on the legendary Black Duck itself, caught in a war between two of the most ferocious prohibition gangs.

Filled with resounding mystery and suspense by Newbery Honor winner Janet Taylor Lisle, Black Duck is original, gripping historical fiction.


About Janet Taylor Lisle

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Janet Taylor Lisle's novels for young readers include five selected as Best Books of the Year by "School Library Journal" "Sirens and Spies", "The Lampfish of Twill", "Forest", "A Message from the Match Girl" (from the Investigators of the Unknown series), and "Afternoon of the Elves", a Newbery Honor Book. Her most recent title for Atheneum is "The Art of Keeping Cool", a "Horn Book" Fanfare title and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.She lives with her family of the coast of Rhode Island.
Published September 6, 2007 by Puffin. 256 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Based on the true story of the Black Duck, a fast, hard-to-catch boat that ran circles around the Coast Guard, Lisle’s tale is told through an interview conducted by young David Peterson of old Ruben Hart, rumored to have been a rumrunner.

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David approaches Ruben Hart in hopes of collecting information to write a newspaper article.

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