Black Duck is by Janet Taylor Lisle. Ruben and Jeddy have been friends all their lives, but that all changes the night they find a dead body on the beach. Set during Prohibition in New England, this is the story of two friends caught up in bootlegging, gangs, and smuggling. Based on real accounts of the famous rum-running boat the Black Duck, this is a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal, and friendship. An excellent example of historical fiction!
Ratings: 7th grade - 8 out of 10.