Tell Me

Overview


The unofficial town motto is "Nothing bad ever happens in Rosemont" where  twelve-year-old Anna has come to stay with her grandmother, Mim, hoping to forget her worries about her parents' troubled marriage.  She'll be busy with the town's annual Flower Festival, a celebration with floats and bands that requires weeks of preparations.

But before long, Anna finds herself involved in a very big problem. When she observes a girl her own age who seems to be being held ...

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Tell Me

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Overview


The unofficial town motto is "Nothing bad ever happens in Rosemont" where  twelve-year-old Anna has come to stay with her grandmother, Mim, hoping to forget her worries about her parents' troubled marriage.  She'll be busy with the town's annual Flower Festival, a celebration with floats and bands that requires weeks of preparations.

But before long, Anna finds herself involved in a very big problem. When she observes a girl her own age who seems to be being held against her will, Anna can't forget the girl's frightened eyes and she is determined to investigate. "When you see something, say something" she's been told—but what good does it do to speak if no one will listen? Luckily, a take-charge girl like Anna is not going to give up.

Told with Joan Bauer's trademark mixture of humor and heart, Tell Me will enthrall her many fans and win her new ones.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/30/2014
Anna McConnell, a budding actress about to enter eighth grade, proves that one person can make a difference, in this novel filled with comedy and drama. While Anna’s parents take a break from each other, Anna stays with her grandmother in Rosemont, Va., where preparations are being made for the annual flower festival. Amid the hoopla, Anna, playing the role of a petunia at the local library, notices something unusual: a scared-looking girl trying to escape from a van. Haunted by the image, Anna won’t rest until she finds answers about what happened to the girl. Luckily, her grandmother and some newfound friends share her concern and are willing to lend a hand. The story is at times cluttered with tangents involving other characters’ conflicts, but Bauer (Almost Home) skillfully weaves subplots together as Rosemont citizens (and Anna’s parents) rise to the challenge of solving the mystery. Anna emerges as a quick-thinking director and a creative actress, assigning roles to volunteers and orchestrating a happy ending for at least one unhappy child. Ages 10–up. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
Gr 4–6—A singing petunia, homeland security, the Rosemont Flower Festival, and much more create an unforgettable summer for Anna McConnell. Initially, Anna is downhearted about the summer she will spend with Mims, her grandmother, while her parents work on their troubled relationship. Anna is jolted from her emotional heartache by a peculiar incident at the local library. Her unyielding pursuit of minute details eventually leads her to uncover a human trafficking cohort. Along her journey, Anna also faces fears, family changes, and new challenges—while singing her way through it all. This novel soars through the everyday drama of a preteen, landing on the present day travesty of human trafficking. Bauer establishes a multi-faceted plot combining crime drama with a modern coming of age story. Anna's voice rings clear through first-person narration, allowing readers to sing, cry, and smell the flowers along with the protagonist. Short chapters and smart dialogue keep the pace moving. Ultimately, Bauer twists the widespread divorce issue into a lesson on empathy, inviting readers to keep their minds and eyes alert to worlds other than their own.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-30
A 12-year-old girl sees something suspicious and determinedly pursues it.Bauer's story initially runs along a relationship-oriented slice-of-life track: A girl with a father having anger management issues is sent to stay with her grandmother and must cope with new people and challenges in a strange community. Then, about a quarter of the way through, bang, the novel abruptly changes directions. Anna McConnell, Bauer's tense, emotionally overwrought yet capable protagonist, sees—or thinks she sees—something troubling: a young girl being controlled or even imprisoned by a couple in a van. One would think that kind of circumstance would speed up the action and make the material more suspenseful, but paradoxically, it has the opposite effect. Despite the fact that the information Anna has isn't definitive enough for the local police to do much, the people around Anna, including an adult who also thought the group was suspicious, are beyond supportive. Readers hear that it's good Anna was the one who saw it, because she "won't let it go," that she's "helping so much," is "a smart, discerning girl," "amazing" and "fierce," among other things. Nothing is left to the imagination: not Anna's overparsed analysis of her on-the-nose feelings nor Bauer's relentless hammering of the theme. An intriguing story idea is marred by a surfeit of telling. (Fiction. 10-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451470331
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 260,562
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Joan Bauer is the author of eleven previous novels for young readers, among them the Newbery Honor Book, Hope Was Here, and the Los Angeles Times Prize winner, Rules of the Road.  She has also twice received the Christopher Award, as well as the Schneider Family Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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