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Red Kayak

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,164 Ratings  ·  579 Reviews
Brady loves life on the Chesapeake Bay with his friends J.T. and Digger. But developers and rich families are moving into the area, and while Brady befriends some of them, like the DiAngelos, his parents and friends are bitter about the changes. Tragedy strikes when the DiAngelos’ kayak overturns in the bay, and Brady wonders if it was more than an accident. Soon, Brady di ...more
Published (first published September 23rd 2004)
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Angie Field
Jul 10, 2010 Angie Field rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I laughed. I cried. I was totally connected and hooked from the beginning. This book tugs on our heart because sometimes the cost of doing what's right is too high. I would love the opportunity to use this as a novel study or a literature circle book with my students. The characters are easy to relate to and come from diverse families that are anything but perfect. The writing was wonderful and kept the level of suspense high - you won't want to put it down, and if ...more
Wyatt Smith
Dec 14, 2012 Wyatt Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wyatt Smith

Red Kayak Review

Over all I really enjoyed this book. It was very cool to read for me because
the book itself takes place right near the Chesapeake Bay! The book kept me
flipping pages. I was constantly in the suspense of not knowing who was

The book is based off of a story were a boy and his mother go on a kayak ride if the early fall. When the mother, Mrs. DiAngelos and her son Ben head out they do not know what lies ahead of them. Someone has drilled holes in the bottom of t
Elizabeth Conway(Bieber Feaver)
Really loved this book! Had the picture really running through my head. Whenever I get a chance I will want to read this again. GREAT BOOK!(:
Claire Epperson
*Real rating - 3.5 stars

This book was really good for me. It had suspense where suspense was needed. It had dialogue where dialogue was needed. But it just didn't seem . . . original.
My theory is that an author writes a book for themselves. Not for the pleasure of others. But when they start to write according to what they think the audience would like to happen instead of what they personally want to happen, you get a book like this. Stop reading now unless you want a serving of spoilers.
Tara Smalley
Nov 02, 2009 Tara Smalley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Brady is a fourteen-year-old boy who confronts a tragedy and must determine what action he should take - what is the "right thing" to do. I thought Brady's narration was very believable. His voice sounds very authentic, and the author does a good job of depicting his inner torment. I also really liked the description of the natural world. The reader gets a very good image of the Chesapeake Bay. Also, the book discusses the economy and problems this region faces. This book deals with numerous is ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars, bordering on five. A well-written and VERY thoughtful book. This is a story that can inspire a lot of really good, deep discussion about what is right and wrong -- and how hard it can be to do what you know to be right because telling the truth often creates new, different problems. I thought the author handled this internal debate, and the main character's journey to an ultimate decision about what to do, well. I also liked that the root of all these problems was the tension between ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Tena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
This book would be a great addition to my 6th grade moral dilemma literature circles. It explores the struggle people face to do the right thing, especially when the right thing might hurt someone they love. The story is suspenseful, and I really liked the characters. They seemed very real to me. I think boys and girls alike would enjoy reading this book.
Stephanie Hodkinson
Poor Brady! He is a hero for a day, literally just a day, then plunges into a fog of guilt so deep it rivals Raskolnikov's in Crime and Punishment. Is he responsible for little Ben's death? Should he tell, or keep his fears (and his guilt) inside?
Jeromy Vān dyke
May 26, 2015 Jeromy Vān dyke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was OK. The book was realistic fiction. It wasn't the most exciting book I read. It was hard to get into the book at the beginning but I got into it around the middle.

The book is about a kid named Brady that lives by the river and has two good friends named J.T. and Digger. His sister had died at five months old but that was years ago. he also has neighbors, the DiAngilos. One day before school, he sees a red kayak floating in the water he thinks its strange but goes to school
Brady Parks lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and although he is on the cusp of high school, he is very knowledgeable about boats and the waterways around his home. In fact, he has his own small boat and he is one of the youngest people to hold a crabbing license. Crabbing is a hobby of his but along with his dad’s crabbing and on-the-side carpentry work, it makes up the family’s livelihood. Life is fairly routine until Brady is pulled out of school by his father one morning to help search ...more
As a high school teacher, I had to read Red Kayak as it was assigned to my freshmen as a summer reading book. I wish I could tell my students how much I sympathize with them. Although I powered through this book, I found the main character completely unrelatable and having little personality.

In all fairness, Red Kayak explores the difficult situation of what happens to a friendship when one person crosses the proverbial line. Do you tell others what your friend has done, thereby "selling them o
In the book Red Kayak, Priscilla Cummings manages to put enough emotion in the book that one can feel it, but she manages to walk that thin line between too much emotion and just enough. Bryan and his dad crab, as in go out at 4 a.m., set out the traps, and in Bryan's case, go to school, and then after go and pull in the crabs. But one day, that cycle is disrupted. Big Time. Bryan's neighbours are the DiAngelos, and he babysat their son, Ben once. Bryan really connects with Ben, and adores the l ...more
Sarah Rosenberger
A suspenceful mystery for lovers of almost any genre, Red Kayak can promise you both tears, laughs, and suspence.

Brady, a young boy is caught in the middle. The once rural town he lives in is becoming more and more populated, and new neighbors have moved in next door. Brady has been babysitting his neighbor's son, Ben, for a while now when he spots Mrs. Diangelo and Ben on a red kayak on the lake. The weather is pretty bad, but not thinking anything of it, Brady heads off to school.

When Brady
Jimmy Diamondidis
Jimmy Diamondidis
May 18, 2013
Period 4

My Review of The Red Kayak

I would give The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings two out of five stars. The storyline was clever, but it dragged on too long. Too much of the story was a transcription of the main character’s, Brady’s, thoughts, instead of his actions. Cummings’ writing is subpar. She restates Brady’s problems over and over again in obvious ways. The story’s ending was well done, even if it was depressing. A lot of the story dealt with crabbing, and
I strongly think that this book wasn't a good book. I had to read it for English class and don't want to touch the book again. I have no doubts that this book should get one star and I can't believe that my parents bought the book. They also read it and didn't like it. It is probably the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. the book was pretty much a waste of paper. That means that it is a waste of trees and unnecessarily polluting the environment. I don't think you should read this bo ...more
Ryan Ryshavy
Oct 09, 2015 Ryan Ryshavy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written carefully thought novel full of suspense, emotions and dynamic characters. Red kayak takes place in the Chesapeake Bay Area on a surrounding river. It follows the life of a boy named Brady and the obstacles he faces throughout his middle school years. Brady saves his toddler neighbor Ben from the river when him and his mom lost control on the river. The story doesn't end there, over the rest of the book we explore a story of deceit and murder as Brady finds himself in the middle of ...more
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Mallory Bourke
Jul 14, 2010 Mallory Bourke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Red Kayak" by Priscilla Cummings was a powerful read. You are constantly hoping that the character to do the right thing, but you also sympathize with the situtation he is put in. This book talks about how doing the right thing isn't always the easiest thing to do. It also focuses on the death of a young child, which unfortanately can be too much for some and even break up a family. This is somehting I think the reader can empathize with. I thought this book would be appropriate for students in ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Laurencia Luminos
Jan 12, 2014 Laurencia Luminos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in sixth grade, along with the rest of my school as a part of a school-wide reading assignment. I actually do not recall most of it, but I remembered loving it and looking forward to reading the daily chapter every morning with my class. It was very suspenseful and unexpected, and I think I recall trying to stifle tears at a few parts. Highly recommended for all ages.
Oct 06, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise. I heard myself gasp out loud at various twists in the plot and crying at others. Red Kayak deals with doing the right thing even when the right thing is the hardest thing you've ever had to do-- even when the right thing is going to irrevocably change lives. I've read some really good books lately, Wonder, The Fault in our Stars, and I have to say that the Red Kayak deserves a place on the shelf right next to them. Wonderfully crafted story, and a wonderful book.
Jun 27, 2016 Cori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I read a book for kids and I think, "wow, this is like a John Irving book for kids." Red Kayak is reminiscent of John Irving, a tale of a boy living on the east coast (Maryland, specifically), tackling the themes of man vs. nature, man vs. man, and especially man vs. self. The novel opens with this loaded sentence: "After all this time, I still ask myself: was it my fault?" This novel doesn't end with tragedy, it opens with it. Brady, our narrator/main character/hero, struggles with a ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Kayak is a great book to read. It is one of my favorites! Brady is the main character of the book. He lives along the Chesapeake bay area, along with his two friends, J.T. and Digger. J.T. is a very good kid, he is easygoing, and gets picked on at school. Digger on the other hand was born into a semi poor family. Digger defends J.T. when he gets picked on. This story takes place in the Chesapeake bay area. The weather is bad sometimes. It is very close to the hudson river. The main problem i ...more
Mrs. Strudthoff
Brady, JT, and Digger are good friends. Digger used to love to spend time on his grandfather's house which had a boat house on the bay. The three boys have many fond memories of times spent there.

But then Digger's grandfather becomes ill and has to go into a nursing home so his house is sold. Digger has bad feelings about this and is particularly angry when the DiAngelo's buy the property and move in.

One morning when Mr. DiAngelo heads out to the bay in his red kayak, Brady wonders if they shou
Jared Bardon
Red Kayak
By: Priscilla Cummings
Review by: Jared Bardon

As you can guess the title of the book is Red Kayak so you would think it will have to do something with a kayak. Red Kayak might not seem too apealing to you but I recommend picking the book up and reading it. The Red Kayak is a book about a boy named Brady and he lives with his family in Chesapeake bay. Brady is a very brave boy and he ends up getting out of school early to go help his dad find his neighbors that have sank in the red kayak.
Brandon Wang
The main character of this book is a middle schooler like myself. Brady Paks, aged at thirteen, lives in a relatively peaceful community and with his small family. They live in a sort of yacht-club environment and lived near his two friends, JT and Digger. Digger was raised like someone from a bad neighborhood, his father drank and hit him while JT was more of a properly raised child. Digger never liked the rich people that had moved into their neighborhood and constantly pulled pranks, which we ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Valeed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Red Kayak is a coming of age and mystery book that explores the complications of teenage life. The story revolves around Brady, J.T., and Digger, who are three friends that live on the Chesapeake Bay. Their lives are changed for the worst when tragedy strikes their recently arrived neighbors, the DiAngelos. Digger hates Mr. DiAngelo because he bought his grandfather’s old farm and then built a modern home on it. The plot is unique, but there are vital problems with the text.
The first problem wi
Jun 30, 2015 Laurel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated whether to rate this book with 3 or 4 stars. Honestly, I did like it! It's just...I'm not so interested in this genre anymore. I read it because my family picked it for our nerdy but awesome all-family read, so we needed a book that would interest my younger cousins as well as having potential for book discussion. Anyway, this book has its merits and downfalls. I liked that the main character avoided the typical sorts of angst that some books like these have, and this one could have ea ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Brady is a young teen growing up near the Chesapeake Bay. His father has always made his living on the water, but the area is changing. Rich people are buying up the land and building big houses. To Brady and his two best friends, JT and Digger, it feels like a part of their childhood is being sold away. They’re no longer welcome on Digger’s grandfather’s farm because it’s now the property of the DiAngelos, a wealthy couple from the city. Tragedy strikes when the DiAngelo’s kayak sinks one cold, ...more
Kate Mcatee
Jan 05, 2015 Kate Mcatee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Red Kayak is the first of a two-part series by Priscilla Cummings that explains the tragedy and faults behind a tragic kayak accident. A little boy named ben was out on the river one morning and the kayak suddenly filled with water. The little boy, not knowing how to swim, was left on a tree branch partly submerged under water to eventually be frozen and knocked unconscious because of the extreme measures of cold that the water that morning a the lake.
The boy that lived close to the family t
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“My dad says stop thinking that way. “You be lookin’ backward all the time, Brady, you’re gonna have one heck of a crook in the neck.” He smiles when he says that. But I know what he means deep down, and it’s not funny. You can’t keep dwelling on the past when you can’t undo it. You can’t make it happen any different than it did.” 1 likes
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