The Bones in the Cliff by James Stevenson
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And day now the big man with the cigar might be arriving on the ferryboat--the man that Pete's father is terrified to see.

So three times a day, when the ferry is due at the island, Pete jumps on his bike and races to see if the big man will get off the boat. In Pete's pocket is a quarter, so he can rush to the telephone and warn his father.

It is not until almost the end of summer that Pete finds out why his father is so afraid. But in the meantime he has met eleven-year-old Rootie, an old-timer on Cutlass Island, who shows him the island newcomers never see--and who helps him face the danger when it finally arrives.Any day now the big man with the cigar might be arriving on the ferryboat - the man that Pete's father is terrified to see.

So three times a day, when the ferry is due at the island, Pete jumps on his bike and races to see if the big man will get off the boat. In Pete's pocket is a quarter, so he can rush to the telephone and warn his father.

It is not until almost the end of summer that Pete finds out why his father is so afraid. But in the meantime he has met eleven-year-old Rootie, an old-timer on Cutlass Island, who shows him the island newcomers never see - and who helps him face the danger when it finally arrives.

 

About James Stevenson

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James Stevenson is the creator of many acclaimed books for children and is a cartoonist for "The New Yorker," He lives in Cos Cob, Connecticut.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Greenwillow Books. 140 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Pete, 11, and his angry, drunken father have traveled around the country, hiding from a man Pete's father fears.

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Living on a New England island with his alcoholic father, 11-year-old Pete has strict orders to meet each ferry and search the disembarking crowd for a large, cigar-smoking man;

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An 11-year-old boy on a New England island tries to shield his alcoholic father from the anticipated arrival of a dangerous pursuer.

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