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Book Report:Black Duck

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Black Duck
Author: Janet Taylor Lisle
Creator of Prezi: Ricardo Aguirre
Genre: Realistic fiction
Number of Pages: 252
Chapters: book format does not include table of contents, nor is it in a format that one can tell if it has chapters, therefore leading me to conclude that it does not have chapters.
Summary
Characters
Timeline/letter
-
Ruben
and
Jeddy
find a dead body on the beach
-
Ruben
and
Jeddy
ditch school, and go to Tom Morrison's house to ask if they knew why the body had dissapeared. He told them that there was a seaplane that took it.shortly after mobsters show up at Tom's house to ask him about the body as well. When they left, they killed
Tom
's dog:viola.
-
Ruben
gets kidnapped by Boston mobsters.then, gets re-kidnapped by New-York mobsters in an attempt to receive a "ticket" that could allow them to retrieve a huge amount of liquor that could sell for about a half million dollars.
-
Ruben
gets saved by
Billy Brady
when he was with the new york mobsters.
-
Ruben
goes aboard the
Duck

for the first time with
Billy
and his crew.They eventually met up with a frieghter called
Mary Logan
. Then they loaded up the liquor from the
Logan
onto the
Duck
and set off in the thick fog that had formed a while back. Little did they know that there was a coast gurd that was waiting at the bell buoy that was near the
Duck
's location. Ruben managed to jump into the lifeboat and waited off the shooting and yelling.
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Dear Ms. Lisle ,

I am a fan of your work, and have very reccently read your book
Black Duck
.I enjoyed reading
Black Duck
very much, especially since the book constantly changes from first person to third in a matter of moments when reading the book. The plot of the story really connected me to chararcters of the story, and the events that occured to them.However, this story could have had more description of the characters, and maybe more of what the character was really like, and more of what their interests were, to get to know them better as a person, rather than the conflict that you have inflicted upon them. But overall, i do very much like your book. It was very interesting, and created twists and turns that i would've never expected. And the ending , just absolutly stunning. I would reccomend this book to friend , and hope that you continue writing.

-Sincerally

Ricardo Aguirre
8th grade student
Book Report:
Black Duck

"Black duck" is a story that dates back to the age of the prohibition, where mobsters began to do a lot of rumrunning(smuggling of liquor) and commiting a lot of crimes. In this story, Ruben Hart-the main character-explains what is was like when he was in the era of prohibition. David-a middle school student and young journalist-interviews him to learn more about the experience he had and the relation he had with the rumrunning ship, the
Black Duck
. Ruben starts his story when he and his best friend Jeddy find a dead body on the shoreline of a Rhode Island beach. The most climactic part of this book- i would say - is when Ruben gets kidnapped by mobsters in an attempt to get the "ticket" , which was a sort of way that many bootleggers were able to tell that they were delivering liquor to the right person. In this case, these Boston mobsters were trying to get Ruben to tell them were he hid it. This was very important to them because Tony Mordello-a big time mobster -had made a shipment of over three thousand cases of liquor, which was worth about a half a million dollars. Eventually he was re-kidnapped by the New York mobsters, who did treat him a whole lot better. But while he's there, he gets rescued by the skipper of the
Black Duck
, Billy Brady. Soon after, it turned out that Billy only wanted the ticket as well. Eventually , the resolution was that he would stay with Tom Morrison for a few weeks , just to make sure he was in the clear and no one would go after him.


The theme of this story, i would say is to be careful with the choices you make,to not be so nosy, and to be careful of the company/people you sorround yourself with.

the authors purpose is to entertain, while informing about true historical evets. Janet Taylor Lisle was able to take a true histoical event, in which the
Ruben Hart
:
Dosen't give any physical description.He is very daring(or was).Very independent,smart, likes to get to the bottom of things, a bit nosy, and has an extremely good memory.
David
:
Dosen't give any physical description. He is very patient, helpful, and a very good listener.He is about thirteen or forurteen,since he is in junior high.
Jeddy Mckenzie
:
Dosen't give any physical description. He is a good friend, a good kid;sticks to what's right, truthful, and a bit hot headed at times.
Marina Mckenzie
:
Has black hair, and a very powerful stare that seems to make people do what she wants them to, or agree with her. She is smart, kind, hard working, and an overall good person.
Tom Morrison
:
Tom is a pretty old person, somewhere around sixty or sixty-five.He is also missing one eye, but dosen't have an eye patch to cover it up. He is a very thankful person, getting by with very little, and is homeless. He is very kind, wise, observant, and a good fisherman.
Billy Brady
:
Billy is a dark skinned young man, and skipper of the
Black Duck
.He is vey clever, escaping the coast guard nearly every time they try to persue the vessel. He smuggled liquor aboard the
Duck
and never carried weapons .Unfortunately he was murdered in a sieze fire from the coast guard who supposedly was giving them was only giving them warning fire, but was thought to be actually attempted murder by many conspiracists.
Ricardo
Ricardo
Ricardo
My favorite Character would have to be David, mainly because he is a writer, which is something is something that I like to do as well, and
My favorite character
the character that I relate to the most
I would say that i rel
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