From the Publisher's Weekly Review:
"This is a devastating but beautifully written story of a boy's all-consuming guilt over the role he plays in the death of his best friend.lthough Tony's crazy jokes and wildness sometimes make Joel feel as if he were much older, and even make Joel angry, no one is as exciting as Tony.He's also afraid of Tony's sharp tongue, though, so he asks his father for permission to ride his bike to Starved Rock, certain that his father will say no. Halfway there the boys cross the Vermillion River, and Tony, who earlier had refused to go swimming at the pool with Joel, decides to swim in the river instead. Angry at Tony's lack of sensethe river is both dangerous and dirty Joel dares Tony to race out to a distant sandbar with him. Then the unthinkable occurs: Joel reaches the sandbar; Tony disappears."
Fairly well reviewed, 4.1 stars on 161 reviews, but 12% negative, many thought this too intense for children. For grades 4-6.