In the book the author introduces the protagonist and Brady reflects what has happened in the past. He implies that Corsica river is a major problem in the story. This is the exposition because the characters, setting and the conflict get introduced.
Here is what happened...
In the book Brady is on the river and he spotted Ben. Brady saved Ben, but then he died. Also, Brady finds the kayak. This is the rising action because the problem starts to build up.
In the book Brady works for Mrs. DiAngelo and he cleans out the boathouse. He finds the drill and he decides to keep it a secret because Digger confronted him. This is the climax because it's the turning point in the story.
In the book Brady and his dad went to save the kayak and his dad spotted holes in the kayak. Brady told him the whole truth and made the problem slowly resolve. This is the falling action because the problem slowly get's resolved.
In the book Brady, Digger, and J.T. are in the court. The problem with the drill get's solved and Digger and J.T. went to a forestry camp. This is the conclusion because the problem get's solved.
The theme of the book is trust yourself and the decisions you make. This is the theme because Brady had to trust himself in many different ways. For example: Brady trusted himself about telling his parents about the kayak and the drill. Brady had to follow his heart, with what to do with the drill, and if he should confess. Without Brady trusting in himself the story could get much worse, J.T. and Digger would have went to Juvenile.
Which way to go? Left of Right? I feel like left will be safer. I'm going left.