A companion novel to Priscilla Cumming’s highly acclaimed The Red Kayak and The Journey Back
Thirteen-year-old Kate Tyler must ask herself how far she will go to protect her older brother, J.T., when he returns home after nearly a year in a juvenile detention facility, only to find himself ostracized and bullied as he attempts to make a fresh start. Kate compromises her own values and risks getting herself into serious trouble as she launches a secret campaign to protect her brother long enough for him to find his place in the family – and in the world – again.
As a follow-up to Red Kayak, Cheating for the Chicken Man brings J.T., Kate, and Brady Parks together again as they struggle with the complicated issues of fairness, friendship, and forgiveness.
Praise for Priscilla Cummings’ The Red Kayak and The Journey Back: A Bank Street College “Best Children’s Books of the Year for 2013” An ALA Best Book for Young Adults 2006 A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2005 VOYA’s Review Editor’s Choice List, 2005