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On My Honor

On My Honor Author Marion Bauer
Publisher Random House Children's Books
ISBN 0440466334
Publication Year 1986
Honors Newbery Honor
Reading Level 4.7
Main Character Age 12
Main Character is Human
Summary (Publisher"s Summary)
?On your honor?? Joel?s father said. ?You won?t go anywhere except the park?? On my honor,? Joel repeated. During a bicycle trip to the state park, Joel dares his best friend, Tony, to a swimming race in the dangerous Vermillion River. The boys have been warned never to go near the river, but Tony can?t let Joel think he?s scared. Both boys jump in. When Joel reaches the sandbar he turns and looks for Tony and finds that he has vanished. Joel is stunned. How can he face their parents and the terrible truth?

Subject Matter Summaries

Summary Details For Positive Elements:

This book deals with a boy's honor, integrity, and response to peer pressure. It is a cautionary tale of the consequences of moral weakness. Even though the families face adversity, they still rally around love and support. p. 88-89 These pages describe the love of a father.

Summary Details For Mature Subject Matter:

Joel and Tony disobey their families and try to swim across a dangerous river. They get into an argument and dare each other to swim. Tony is not a good swimmer and does not make it across. After Joel crosses the river, he learns that his best friend died. Tony never comes up out of the water and drowns. Joel has just witnessed the death of his best friend, lied to his parents about where he was going, and now has to face Joel's parents and his own. DEATH p. 3 There is mention of death on this page. p. 27-30 These pages include the description of the boy’s drowning. p. 31-end The entire book deals with the feelings felt as a result of the boy’s death and the burden of understanding that he drowned. SUICIDE p. 1 This page makes mention to the possibility of a suicide.

Summary Details For Profanity/Language:

DEGRADING COMMENTS Dumb p. 1, 43, 62 “dumb kids” Stupid p. 16 Hate p. 81 “I hate you!” MILD OBSCENITIES Hell p. 37 Damn p. 64

Summary Details For Sexual Content:

N/A

Summary Details For Violence/Illegal Activity:

MILD VIOLENCE p. 22 This page contains physical violence. FRIGHTENING SCENES p. 28-30 This scene is a frightening description of the boy drowning. p. 33 This scene describes a frightening and violent struggle in the water. p. 40-43 This scene is very frightening and tense because it includes the story of the people searching for Tony, the boy that drowned. GORE p. 16 This page contains references to blood and gore.

Summary Details For Tobacco/Alcohol/Drugs:

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Summary Details For Disrespectful/Anti-Social Elements:

LYING TO OTHERS WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES p. 55 Joel lies to his parents. p. 72 Joel lies to Tony’s parents and the authorities. VERBAL BULLYING / TEASING p. 15 Mocking is described on this page.