Red Kayak Final Project

By: Marcus Lau,Kashif Samo,Akaash Kumar, Eshan Kapoor

Review

The book is for 13 and up. There were some bad words and it contains some morbid things. A 3 year old dies and there is a whole court case. It was an intense book. It was good book but we think it could have been better. We now want to read the next book. The author put many details in this book. It was a great experience reading this book but Kashif thinks it might have been better.

Summary

Brady’s life changes when he discovers that his 2 best friends, J.T. and Digger get involved in a crime resulting in the death of their neighbors, the D'Angelo's son. They drilled holes into the kayak and they did it out of rage. J.T. and Digger never intended on causing death to Benjamin DiAngelo. At first Brady keeps the secret and even throws away evidence, but when he and his father recover the Red Kayak, his father and Brady hire Mr.Anderson to be there lawyer when they tell the police about his friend’s crime. When his friends have to go to Juvenile camp for 9 months, Brady felt relieved that his friends didn’t have to go reform school until they were 21. He still felt a little bit guilty, even though he just joked about drilling holes in the Kayak. He also felt a little relieved that J.T and Digger got punished.

Setting

Chesapeake Bay Location

Chesapeake bay is right in United States Chesapeake bay is in east side of United States beside Virginia. It is a great source for aquatic things/animals such as crabs and fishes. Facts & Figures. Read this list of interesting facts and figures to learn all about the Chesapeake Bay's geography, watershed, and flora and fauna.Quick Facts About the Chesapeake Bay. Size The Chesapeake Bay is 200 miles long, 48 major rivers feed it. Altogether, the Bay has over 100 tributaries that .Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuarine system in the contiguous United States, has a watershed of almost 64,000 square miles. The Bridge-Tunnel project is a four-lane 20-mile-long vehicular toll crossing of the lower Chesapeake Bay.

Introductions

Introduction of Brady: Brady is a caring and awesome dude. He has lost a close friend and a sister in his lifetime. He has lost Amanda, his sister, and Benjamin DiAngelo. His Father is a wood worker and he also is a waterman. His Father was part of a community of watermen, but he left because of reasons. He is also the narrator of the book.

Introduction of Digger: Digger is a guy with an attitude. In any case, Digger will always stick by his friends and stand up for them. Digger was angry at the Mr. DiAngelo and wanted revenge. Digger is 1 of 5 kids and is the eldest amongst 3 ( the 2 older ones moved away). His father is a jerk who slaps/punches his wife and sometimes Digger. His younger brother’s name is Hank, and his sister Lee Anne.

Introduction of J.T: J.T is a chicken farmer, J.T and digger wanted to kill Mr.DiAngelo but Digger wanted to kill Mr.DiAngelo even more then J,T .Mr Tyler was J.Ts dad. J.Ts dad needed a kidney transfer, J.T. wanted to volunteer, but he wasn't old enough.

Author

Author:Priscilla cumming was a former news reporter , magazine writer and a scholastic teacher. Now a story writer. She has also made a bunch of other books such as Blindsided, A face first, The journey back, and other good books.At the end of this presentation thingy, there is a picture of Priscilla Cumming holding Red Kayak,and The Journey Back. The journey Back is a continuation of Red Kayak, but in the eyes of Digger while he is in Juvenile Camp. Priscilla Cummings is a great and magnificent author, and we hope she continues writing books.

Conflict Examples

Character vs Self: He thinks if he got to Ben 5 minutes earlier, he would have saved him. He also went through depression, so that is already bad. He also was already having a headache because he didn’t know if he should tell anyone or not.

Character vs Character: After Brady was told that Ben died, Digger And J.T weren’t talking to him.

Character vs Nature: People die, and Brady has lost 2 people because of that. Nature killed Ben, The Water was too cold and he died because of the exposure of water.

Grief:Brady was going through Grief from majority of the book. It is a phase after you lose something dear to you. There are usually five stages to grief. It is connected with depression. The five stages are as follows:

1.Denial:It is when you deny what you lost.

2.Anger:When you take all your anger out on someone or something.

3.Bargaining:When you say things like “I could give up all of my money to bring them back!!”

4.Depression:When you isolate yourself from everyone. Many people have a different way to deal with depression.

5.Acceptance:It is when you accept the death.

Plot Diagram

Themes

Grief:Brady was going through Grief from majority of the book. It is a phase after you lose something dear to you. There are usually five stages to grief. It is connected with depression. The five stages are as follows:

1.Denial:It is when you deny what you lost.

2.Anger:When you take all your anger out on someone or something.

3.Bargaining:When you say things like “I could give up all of my money to bring them back!!”

4.Depression:When you isolate yourself from everyone. Many people have a different way to deal with depression.

5.Acceptance:It is when you accept the death.

Friendship:.The true meaning of friendship is when you consider the other person's well- being to be as valuable as your own.In the novel, Brady kept a secert from the police and his family to protect his friends from going to the juvenille school. Digger stood up for J.T. when he was being bullied. Digger tried to protect J.T. in court by saying that it was just him that committed the crime. Brady, J.T., and Digger were the best of friends. Brady had a friendship with Ben.

Doing the right thing/Telling the truth: Doing the right thing is to confront a proper authority about the situation like an adult. Brady did the right thing when he told the police about J.T. and Digger’s crime. Telling the truth is when you confess any lies or bad things you have done. In the novel, J.T. accidently confesses about causing the kayak to sink under the pressure. When Brady’s dad finds out there were holes in the kayak, Brady tells him the whole truth. Digger confesses that he made J.T. help him by looking guard while he drilled holes in the kayak.

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