Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings was published in 2004 and is the first book of a three book companion set. I read the second book, The Journey Back, several years ago, so when I spotted Red Kayak in a little free library, I scooped it up.
Brady Parks, the main character, is hailed as hero when he rescues a small boy from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, but he makes a discovery that puts all that he did in question.
Brady and his friends, Digger and J.T. are close, but their friendship may not survive the poor choices that are made. Brady keeps his discovery a secret, but he must choose between what he knows is right and his friends.
This story shows how important it is not act on impulse, but to think things through, take a breath, even when anger takes control. The consequences of rash actions can often haunt us and others for a lifetime.