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Red Kayak

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  5,978 Ratings  ·  669 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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published September 23rd 2004)
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Angie Field
Jul 10, 2010 Angie Field rated it it was amazing
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 13, 2012 Wyatt Smith rated it it was amazing
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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
Tanvi Chiddix
Sep 20, 2016 Tanvi Chiddix rated it it was amazing
love this book too good!!!
Aug 07, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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
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!(:
Tara Smalley
Oct 12, 2009 Tara Smalley rated it really liked it
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
Bryce Kimble
Oct 26, 2016 Bryce Kimble rated it liked it
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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.
Tena Edlin
Feb 19, 2014 Tena Edlin rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 09, 2017 Lucy rated it really liked it
Red Kayak was a very intriguing book that had lots of mystery and some suspense. Three teenage boys are having regular conversation until one of them takes a scenario mentioned into his own hands without any warning. While reading this book I could make a clear picture in my head of the setting and events that were going on due to the elaborate descriptions. I also enjoyed how the characters attitudes and personalities stayed consistent. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes conflict t ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Prathamsinghdhanjal rated it did not like it
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
Jimmy Diamondidis
May 19, 2013 Jimmy Diamondidis rated it it was ok
Jimmy Diamondidis
May 18, 2013
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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
Isabella H
Oct 05, 2016 Isabella H rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Brady who saves a 4 year old boy named Benjamin DiAngleo and his mom Mrs. DiAngleo who fell off there Red Kyak and went missing in the water. Brady found Benjamin and got him back breathing and to the paramedics. The next day he found out Benjamin had died that morning and was getting after himself for not being there in time. Soon afterwards he starts working for Mrs.DiAngleo because her Husband is still in Vermont from after the funeral. Brady soon finds out that ...more
Jun 30, 2013 depletive rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2011 Amber rated it liked it
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
Jeromy Vān dyke
Apr 24, 2015 Jeromy Vān dyke rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Rosenberger
Apr 24, 2011 Sarah Rosenberger rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2010 Nicholas rated it liked it
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Nov 10, 2008 Taylor rated it it was amazing
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Mallory Bourke
Jul 08, 2010 Mallory Bourke rated it really liked it
"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
Oct 06, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing
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.
Ryan Ryshavy
Oct 06, 2015 Ryan Ryshavy rated it it was amazing
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
Travis Ristau
Jan 09, 2013 Travis Ristau rated it it was ok
"The Red Kayak" starts off interesting, but it seems as if that is the only climax in the book. After the accident, the story is just about how depressed Brady is and how he can't make up his mind. The end seemed as if it was going to get better, but it barely improved. I would only recommend this to middle school students that need an average book to read for school. This is because it isn't worth the time reading it as it wasn't very entertaining.
Aug 05, 2010 Skittles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-books
This Book is about 3 boys who get mad because some rich snooty people move in next door to them and that's where they usually like to hang out. So they decide to drill a few holes in their kayak.. Just for a joke. When tragedy strikes, they're not sure what to do. They feel so bad the pressure gets to them so badly that one of them blows the secret. Let me tell you, that was a terrible mistake.

I learned that you have to be careful what you say and do, because it can come back and bite!
Jake From State Farm
Nov 24, 2016 Jake From State Farm rated it it was amazing
The book Red Kayak, written by Priscilla Cummings, is a very interesting and thrilling read. Brady Parks, who is the main character, goes looking for Mrs. DiAngelo and her son Ben who where missing out on the Corsica River. When he finds Ben, he saves him, but then the boy later dies. With the guilt on his shoulders, he finds some clues that lead up to the culprits of the tragedy. This was a really enjoyable novel for me to read.
Nov 21, 2014 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
The truth hurts. When a young boy, Brady, learns the truth of a death, he doesn't know what to do. He knows the right thing, but can he do what he knows he must?

A great mystery, and a great book. This book is relay captivating and is one of the better books I have read. I recommend to mystery fans and someone looking for a just good read.
Jan 03, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 17, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
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?
Mar 20, 2009 James rated it really liked it
This book was extremely well written. I liked how adventurous and intrigueing it was. At parts of the book Brady wanted to spill his guts but at other parts he wanted to save his friends from being locked up the rest of their lives.
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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.” 4 likes
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