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On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer


Book Summary

Joel's friend Tony is exciting, but he never admits when he's wrong.  He's adventurous, but sometimes he goes too far.  When Tony wants to go swimming in the river they're not allowed to go to, Joel tries to talk him out of it, but as usual, Tony gets his way.  How will Joel ever recover from the choices and consequences of a terrible accident?

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On My Honor

Book Review

This is a serious book about honesty, peer pressure, and living with mistakes. It's not an easy subject, but it is a short book that is simple enough for middle grade elementary students to wrestle with ethics and choices.

Class Structure Recommendation: Small Group Book Club

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Peer Pressure
  • Honesty
  • Doing the Right Thing
  • Losing a Friend

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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