Dangling by Lillian Eige

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On a shimmery summer day, eleven-year-old Ben watches his too tall, bird-crazy best friend, Ring, wade into the river. Everyone else is laughing and talking on the riverbank, paying no mind. Ring turns and gives them all one last look -- and disappears.

Day after agonizing day, Ben waits for news of his friend. In the meantime, he tries to sort out a jumble of thoughts and memories so he can get things straight in his head about Ring. From his outlandish stories to his evasiveness about his background, Ring has been a mystery from the first. But friends like Ring -- the kind who instinctively understand you -- don't come along every day, and Ben isn't about to give up on him...especially after he starts to do some investigating of his own. But if Ben dares to consider that Ring might not have drowned, new questions arise. For if Ring is still alive, where is he? And why did he leave in the first place?

Lillian Eige's story of two boys who are desperate to trust each other, but are almost too scared to dare to, will leave you aglow with the strength of what a boy will do to protect the people he cares most about.

 

About Lillian Eige

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Lillian Eige has written several novels for young readers, including Cady, a Junior Literary Guild Selection. She attended the Iowa Writing Program and lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 
Published February 1, 2001 by Atheneum. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although he likes and admires Ring, an unusual boy who quickly shakes up his placid life, Ben realizes that Ring is extremely grudging with details about his history before he and his parents moved to town.

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PW called this tale of a boy's disappearance a "taut psychological mystery." Ages 8-12. (Sept.)

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PW called this tale of a boy's disappearance a "taut psychological mystery."

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Set in a small Midwestern town, Ben's first-person account, told largely through flashbacks, recreates the mosaic of events that brings Ring's disappearance into focus: his sudden arrival in town, his apocryphal stories of a friend named Fox, and his oblique references to hiding as a way to stay ...

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