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by Lillian Eige
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 ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Atheneum Books
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Oh my goodness where do I begin?! At first I was kind of like where did the kid go? Then it bounced real quick in the past. It was like a sad quick tennis match. I think it could have been better with out all the flashbacks. That's why they have prologue's at the begining to explain before hand.
Dangling by Lillian Eige is about a eleven year old boy named Ben and his best friend Ring. Ben and Ring and their families were playing and swimming in a river, laughing and having a good time when they noticed Ring wasn't there. Everyone had seen Ring floating down the river but then he was gone from their sight. Everyone thought something very bad had happened to Ring. Day after day Ben waits for his friend to show up hoping he hadn't drowned. Ben spends his time thinking about memories he ...more
While less of a thrilling mystery than it appears at first glance, the narrator and his friend Ring are well developed characters that turn out to be pleasantly sympathetic in the end. The book can get confusing at times, and those looking for a steady stream of action will likely find it frustrating. In the end it is a simple but fairly moving tale of a lost boy who only wanted to find a home.
At first I had a difficult time getting into this book because of the flashback way in which it was written, but after a few chapters, I couldn't seem to put the book down. Dangling is a well crafted story about friendship, family, and wanting to belong. The characters show, that family is not necessarily who or what you are born into but can be who or what you choose.
This book seemed to carry a very interesting mystery about it when the protagonist's best friend disappears into the lake during a summer picnic. However, by the end of the story you wonder why you spent the time reading bc the ending is such a let down. It is not nearly as mysterious as was first thought to be.
This book kept my interest, but like the narrator, I felt unease throughout it. The story was jangled. Each chapter slipped into a flashback, but was written in the present tense. However, the story line and the main character, Ring, made the style of writing seem utterly suited.
I read a very positive review of this book so hunted it down but just found it sad. The central character is an odd and very sensitive little boy, yearning for a friend, and hiding a secret about his background and that of his eccentric parents.
i like this book because how he loses his friend in the river. Also how he has the flash back to when he was there with him. Also i like ring personalty cause at his home he doesn't have real picture or windows they paint on there walls like windows.