Synopses & Reviews
A companion novel to Priscilla Cumming's highly acclaimed The Red Kayak and The Journey Back
Thirteen-year-old Kate Tyler must ask herself how far she will go to protect her older brother, J.T., when he returns home after nearly a year in a juvenile detention facility, only to find himself ostracized and bullied as he attempts to make a fresh start. Kate compromises her own values and risks getting herself into serious trouble as she launches a secret campaign to protect her brother long enough for him to find his place in the family and in the world again.
As a follow-up to Red Kayak, Cheating for the Chicken Man brings J.T., Kate, and Brady Parks together again as they struggle with the complicated issues of fairness, friendship, and forgiveness.
Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When youre new in town, its hard to know who to hang out with—and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular.
But something isnt right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things. And if Griffin doesn't like you, youd better watch your back. There might be a target on it.
As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffins dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: Hes a liar, a bully, a thief. Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander . . . to the bullys next victim.
A seventh grade boy must choose between being a witness to bullying—or becoming a victim.
About the Author
James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, “Casey at the Bat.” In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a mens hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to “trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms.” He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three children, cats and dog.