I would really recommend the novel Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings for all kinds of readers. This title, which is on the Iowa Teen Choice Award list for 2008-09, tells the story of Brady Parks, who gets a lot of attention when he rescues a young neighbor boy after a kayak capsizes in rough waters. Events turn tragic and suspenseful when Brady realizes that the sinking of the kayak was not accidental. He is faced with some really hard decisions about right and wrong, as well as the meaning of friendship.
This is one of those books that pulls you in from the very beginning and you just want to keep reading. I gave it to my husband Terry, who likes to read exciting adventure kinds of books, and he read it nearly straight through. My only complaint about this book is that the cover art and title don't convey what a great story is inside.