Jed's dad was away, so the deputy, Charlie Price, was informed. Hours later the deputy showed up and went with the boys to look at the body. But it was gone! Charlie wanted to drop the case since there was no body and the chief seemed to be of the same opinion.
But the boys were determined to do a little investigating of their own. Money was hard to come by in 1929 and the locals were supplementing their income by smuggling liquor on their boats. Many in the community supported the smugglers even against the Coast Guard and the police. What was worse was the "Big Boys" (Mafia) from Boston and Providence wanted all the action for themselves and were putting pressure on the citizens and the law to cave in to their demands.So when Ruben and Jed went to talk to old one-eye Tom Morrison to see if he had seen anything, he said he did indeed. And as the boys leaving, they saw three guys motor in with a high-powered boat coming to see Tom and they were all carrying machine guns.
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Discussion Questions and Ideas:
Write a newspaper account of a smuggler, a gangster, or a hero from the Coast Guard and the Prohibition.
Information about the Black Duck Incident from the book Narragansett Bay: A Friend's Perspective - http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/41N/Vol2No2/rum_runners.html
"Bugsy Siegel, the Mob, and Prohibition," CrimeLibrary - http://www.crimelibrary.com/gangsters_outlaws/mob_bosses/siegel/prohibition_5.html
"Prohibition ," Infoplease- http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0840236.html
"The 1920's: Prohibition," Eyewitness to History - http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpmech2.htm
Prohibition An article about the Mob wars from the Detroit News - http://info.detnews.com/history/story/index.cfm?id=157&category=life
Author's Website: http://www.janettaylorlisle.com/
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About the Author:
Lisle grew up in Connecticut and Rhode Island, whose towns and villages she later used as settings for her tales. She worked as a VISTA volunteer for two years and as a journalist for a decade. Her experiences led her to be as comfortable writing about real-world conflicts as she is with fantasy. In Sirens and Spies , for example, fourteen-year-old Elsie Potter discovers a shameful secret about her violin teacher, Renee Fitch. Elsie is so repulsed by the secret that she refuses to visit Miss Fitch in the hospital, where the teacher is recovering from a brutal attack. Elsie's sister Mary takes a more liberal view, however, and while the full story of Miss Fitch's past unfolds, the girls learn a lesson in forgiveness and redemption.
In The Art of Keeping Cool , set in World War II, a New England boy, Robert, comes face to face with the largest and most powerful long-range weapons of the time. While struggling to unravel the mystery of his father's estrangement from his own domineering father, Robert and his cousin Eliot make friends with a painter suspected of being a German spy. The boys must prevail against the hatred and betrayal of the community during a tense time of war.
The undiscovered magic of The Lampfish of Twill lies under the sea. This book tells of an orphan boy, Eric, who lives with a stern and emotionally distant aunt. His only real friend is a pet sea gull. Determined to net a giant lampfish, much prized for its bones and meat, Erik befriends a deranged, old fisherman who leads him to a magical world beneath the waves, where motion stops and time stands still. The images are stark and surreal. The theme is that truth is not an absolute; it depends on the viewpoint of the truth seeker.
Lisle is fond of animals and often converses with them, believing that humans do not possess the only languages in the world. Communication and social structure among animals play an important part in Forest . Twelve-year-old Amber unwittingly invades the kingdom of the squirrels and nearly triggers a war. However, she manages to avoid violence through some bold diplomacy. Lisle's love of natural history shows in the details of squirrel life she weaves into the story. Her respect for all living things is apparent, too, in The Great Dimpole Oak . In that fable, two boys who are at odds with a bully join forces with a town matriarch, an Indian swami, and a landowner to save a historic tree.
Janet Taylor Lisle has won wide recognition for her work. Sirens and Spies , The Lampfish of Twill , and Forest were among the Best Books of the Year named by the School Library Journal . The Art of Keeping Cool won the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award and was nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. The Great Dimpole Oak was a Golden Kite Honor Book. (by Faith Hickman Brynie, Salem Press for EBSCO Publishing, July 2003)