Don't Tell Anyone

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Only Megan knows that feral cats live in the field that's about to be bulldozed. An odd man offers to help her save them, but there's something not quite right about his offer. Then, after witnessing a car accident, Megan begins receiving disturbing notes. Not knowing who to trust, Megan will have to rely on her wits in order to save the cats-and herself-from the treacherous adventures that lie ahead.

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Overview

Only Megan knows that feral cats live in the field that's about to be bulldozed. An odd man offers to help her save them, but there's something not quite right about his offer. Then, after witnessing a car accident, Megan begins receiving disturbing notes. Not knowing who to trust, Megan will have to rely on her wits in order to save the cats-and herself-from the treacherous adventures that lie ahead.

"A great story with intriguing plot twists and plenty of action." (School Library Journal)

Twelve-year-old Megan does not realize that feeding a group of feral cats living in a field near her house will involve her as a witness to a traffic accident and in the dangerous plan of an unstable criminal.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"Megan discovered the cats by accident." This very first sentence is pregnant with possibilities that beg to be explored. Soon we discover wild cats about to be displaced by housing construction, an ex-con ready to steal and escape to a new life, and a high school valedictorian passing out advice about honesty to her little sister and confronted with following it after a hit-and-run accident. The central character of Don't Tell Anyone is connected to every one of these threads in a suspenseful, high-action novel that won't let you wait to get to the last chapter! There is a wealth of "teachable moments" in this fast-paced, easily read story. Megan Perk's experiences open the door to a wide range of family or classroom discussions about community involvement, actions and consequences, honesty, talking to strangers, and when to get grown-ups involved. 2000, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 8 to 14, $15.99. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
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Twelve-year-old Megan Perk unwittingly becomes involved in a criminal's plan to embezzle money from a construction company and is also the only eyewitness in a serious hit-and-run accident. The chain of events starts when softhearted Megan determines to save a group of feral cats that she discovers in an empty field near her house. Shane Turner is a convicted criminal who is embezzling money from his brother-in-law's construction company. When he spots Megan hanging around the site of the company's next project, he sees his whole plan of stealing even more money and then making a perfect getaway going up in smoke. Shane's scheme requires that the construction project start right away—any busybody do-gooders interested in saving a bunch of worthless wild cats who might delay the start of the building will throw a serious wrench into the plan. As if things weren't getting complicated enough, one day when Megan is feeding the cats, she hears a screech of brakes, horns blaring, and then sees the crash as a car and a minivan plow into each other. The story comes to a suspenseful climax involving a hot-air balloon, Megan's abduction by Shane, followed by a daring escape, which she engineers. Megan's relationship with her little sister is particularly well-handled: Kehret captures the annoyance the older sibling feels towards Kylie, as well as the guilt Megan feels when she knows she's being mean to her sister. There are moments of compassion and empathy when Megan realizes that Kylie is a person with feelings, too. An absorbing and suspenseful novel with a strong female main character. (Fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142300312
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 541,781
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Peg Kehret was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, spent fourteen years in California, and now lives with her husband in Washington State. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.

Peg's novels for children are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Peg's characters are ordinary kids who find themselves in exciting situations and who use their wits to solve their problems. There is usually humor as well as suspense in her books. A long-time volunteer at The Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.

Before she began writing books for children, Peg published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

At the age of twelve, Peg had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Because she can remember that experience and her year of recovery so vividly, she finds it easy to write in the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen year old. Most of her main characters are that age. Her autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Children's Literature.

When she is not writing, Peg likes to watch baseball, bake cookies, and pump her old player piano.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    Awesome Story!

    Excellent story!! I couldn't put it down! It's full of sadness and excitement. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves adventure and animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Awesome!

    This book is definitely one of my favorites. It's about a girl named Megan who finds some cats in a field. But then she finds out that apartmant buildings are going to be built on the on the field where the cats are living. Megan deals with a man who got out of jail earlier and was working for the construction company that was going to build the apartments on the field. She also witnesses a car accident. This book is thrilling and hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    CAT LOVERS and ADVENTURES!

    This book is great for cat lovers! Don't Tell Anyone is an outstanding book. It's about a girl named Megan who tries to save some cats in this field. That's because a companee is trying to build apartments in that field. There is alot more problems and charecters in this great book. Once again, this book is highly recomended for cat lovers. Read it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    the best book in the world

    this is about a girl named megan who finds some feral cats in a field and feeds them daily. One day she goes down to feed them and she finds a sign that says there will be apartmesnt houses that are going to be built there. she tries everything to help. once you pick this book up you wil never want to put it down!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    The readers hart well be betting tell the last page

    This story abought a girl that finds a bunch feral cats in a vacant feild and feeds daily.One day at the field she witness of a car accident and gets a glimpes of the driver who races away from the scene. The next day she finds a disturding note near the cats dishes it said:If you want the cats alive Dont tell any one.Only here mom and here brother and here sister know abought it then who can it be.When you pick this book up you will not want too put it down.......!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    leanne age 12

    This story is about a girl who find some ferel cats living in an open field with tall grass.then one day someone put up a sign that said tey were building an apartment complex in the field.and then she meets a guy that works for the company and tells him about the cats.well he was planning to steal some money from the business and run away .one day when she was feeding the cats and she saw a crime ,a hit and run car accidentand does not know what to do. if you read this book you will find out and the book is like the climax is the whole book.

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