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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Taylor Lisle Narrator: David Ackroyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780739355626
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When Ruben and Jeddy find a dead body in an evening suit washed up on the shore, they are certain it has to do with smuggling liquor. It is spring 1929, Prohibition is in full swing, and many in their community are involved.

Soon the boys, along with Jeddy’s strong-willed sister, Marina, are drawn in, suspected by rival bootlegging gangs of taking something crucial off the dead man. Then Ruben meets the daring captain of the Black Duck, the most elusive smuggling craft of them all, and it isn’t long before he’s keeping dangerous company.

Inspired by very real accounts of the Black Duck, a legendary rum-running boat that worked the New England shores during the era, Newbery Honor winner Janet Taylor Lisle has produced a colorful, original work of historical fiction.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Sesic | 2/16/2014

    " This story is set in New England in the 1920s. During Prohibition, smuggling alcohol was a huge black market that otherwise respectable people participated in. When 14-year-old Ruben and his best friend Jeddy find a murdered body washed up on the beach, they become involved, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/13/2014

    " This historical novel tells the story of a rumrunning ship in Rhode Island in 1929. It's based on a true story of a shooting on the ship and this story is told by an old man who lived during the events to a young man who wants to be a journalist. The story is exciting, interesting and well-told. It sheds light on the intricate workings of the liquor trade during Prohibition and how it wasn't always easy to tell who was right and who was wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/6/2014

    " Great YA novel. Lots of mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua H | 1/24/2014

    " i read it and it was awsome. the ending was good and the story build up was better. read it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marge | 1/22/2014

    " I really liked the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avery B. 8 Rdg | 1/21/2014

    " I loved this book. It was interesting and had a lot of detail. I think the author did a good job showing what it would've been like living during the Prohibition era. I learned from this book that it is not good to break the law becuase people could get hurt or killed. The character that I relate to the most is Ruben because I like adventure. I reccomend this book to anybody who wants to read about the Prohibition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac Weiland | 1/18/2014

    " It was an alright book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/15/2014

    " It's a pretty good book, but it only seems to get moving in the end. The beginning is kind of boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/12/2014

    " Woah there! Ruben and Jed find a dead body, a victim of prohibition gang wars, in a ditch. Soon, they can't help to get involved. A gripping historical novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/8/2014

    " This is a childrens book but I am really enjoyed it. Surprisingly it has enough suspense to keep me up for hours reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/3/2014

    " Great little historical fiction about alcohol smuggling off of Rhode Island during Prohibition. Good characters. More bittersweet than some YA stuff--it's good for you. If you like YA historical fiction, I think you'll like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Stelter | 12/31/2013

    " This book really gets a reader's interest at the very beginning, but then the suspense subsides picking up again toward the end. A book for mature middle school students who enjoy would enjoy reading/learning about prohibition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/31/2013

    " Such a great book for boy young adults, with a fast paced rum running theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MrsB | 12/6/2013

    " This is a 2009 Rebecca Caudill. It seems like rather unusual material for a Caudill choice. It is about rumrunners during Prohibition. I liked it better than some of the other RC books this year because the subject is unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 9/10/2013

    " I read this aloud with two of my 7th grade classes. It had come highly highly recommended, but it didn't wow me. It was about 50/50 with the kids. Actually it was the first thing I've EVER read on Prohibition! I usually really like this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jazmine | 9/9/2013

    " OMG I LOVE IT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. George | 8/27/2013

    " kids....and booze bootleggin', what could be cooler.....well, a history in prohibition of course. I enjoyed this interesting take on actual events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat C | 7/24/2013

    " This could have been a really neat story of a rarely-told episode from our nation's history. But it felt like it needed another edit to concentrate on the plot and characterization and remove some of the chaff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Skinner | 7/24/2013

    " Not my normal genre, but nicely drawn characters with plenty of fascinating historical facts woven in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mertc98 | 7/22/2013

    " I liked this book and i am sure you would to. This book is fun and has a great story. The characters in this book have to face lots of obstacles which are not easy ones. Also there are some parts that are sad and parts that are funny and enjoyable. I would recommend this to all boys and girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsey | 3/17/2013

    " It has been a while since I have read this book. It was an interesting book. It was not a bad read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/25/2012

    " Virginia Readers' Choice Middle School title 08-09 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/20/2012

    " This is a good historical book that history buffs will like! It is set in the 1920's during the Prohibition time, and there are alot of alchohol smugglers out there!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sagey | 7/24/2012

    " is so stupid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/18/2012

    " This is a good children's literature book about rum-running during the prohibition. It was an interesting topic. I am not sure it is a children's topic, but it was well written and interesting. So four stars for a Children's Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 11/9/2011

    " This was a great book. It was about the smuggling of achohol on martha's vineyard. I liked this especially because I visit Martha's Vineyard often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauretta Allen | 9/7/2011

    " I really liked the historical angle of this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Broyles | 7/20/2011

    " A great "boy book" with well-paced adventure/mystery/history of Prohibition days on the R.I. coast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/27/2011

    " Great book about those who pirated alcohol during prohibition in order to help their families survive the beginnings of the depression. This book has lots of action when mobsters and the coast guard come face to face with locals in a small town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verenice | 3/25/2011

    " It's a great book and items worth reading:) I love it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/5/2011

    " Listened to this on CD. It was a very intertaining story set in two times, now and 1929. A young man interviews an older man who knew first hand the story of the Black Duck, a boat used in rum running during prohibition.
    Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dillon | 2/9/2011

    " i really liked this book because it was a very cool topic to begin with and i love the way janet taylor lisle wrote it as a flashback with a boy interviewing him for a school project and it just made me want to read more and more as he continued to go back for more information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/29/2011

    " This book would have gotten a higher rating if I had liked the David parts better. The perspective in those sections annoyed me. I realize why Lisle did it, to make the story of Reuben less confusing, but I didn't like it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ireland | 1/8/2011

    " I liked this book. I thought it was good and I enjoyed all the mystery. I didn't think t was that bad and I recommend to mystery lovers and historical fiction people!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauretta | 1/6/2011

    " I really liked the historical angle of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/24/2010

    " The first chapter is slow but then it really picks up and becomes both a riviting story and interesting historical fiction. Obviously I am on a roll reading Juvenile and Young Adult fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krista | 12/16/2010

    " Let's look at S.U.C.K.

    Stupid
    Uninteresting
    Crazy
    Killing

    And that's my review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davion | 11/29/2010

    " This book is very interesting and i am almost finished
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/10/2010

    " Great YA novel. Lots of mystery! "

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About the Author

Janet Taylor Lisle is the author of several acclaimed novels for young readers, including The Art of Keeping Cool, winner of the Scott O’Dell Award, and these five School Library Journal Best Books of the Year: Sirens and Spies, The Lampfish of Twill Forest, A Message from the Match Girl, The Lost Flower Children, and Afternoon of the Elves, a Newbery Honor Book. She lives with her family on the coast of Rhode Island.

About the Narrator

David Ackroyd is an American actor who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World. He was born in Orange, New Jersey, a suburb of Newark.