"Black Water" by Eve Bunting
Angela and Selena from Room 17 do a great job of introducing this novel through KPE. Their lively discussion and cliffhanger ending (no spoilers in this podcast!) will leave you wanting to get the book out of the library.
This is what the publishers say about the book:
"Thirteen-year-old Brodie Lynch was ready for the perfect summer of adventure along the awesome Blackwater River. That was before everything changed forever. When a harmless prank goes too far, the unthinkable happens. Brodie's lies make him a hero, but inside, his guilt tears at him like the treacherous current of the Blackwater itself, which has become a horrifying reminder of his part in the tragedy. In this gripping new coming-of-age novel, a young boy is faced with a choice between right and wrong and ultimately learns that truth can offer hope in even the darkest moments."