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by Marilyn Reynolds

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At the age of twelve, Cassie is old enough to babysit. But when the father of two children for whom she babysits fondles her, Cassie is too confused and embarrassed to know what to do. She becomes more and more frightened as he continues to aggressively molest her. At last, she tells her teenage cousin, Lisa, and together they try to find ways to cope. Lisa


At the age of twelve, Cassie is old enough to babysit. But when the father of two children for whom she babysits fondles her, Cassie is too confused and embarrassed to know what to do. She becomes more and more frightened as he continues to aggressively molest her. At last, she tells her teenage cousin, Lisa, and together they try to find ways to cope. Lisa realizes the escalating situation is more than the two of them can handle on their own and she breaks her vow of silence. The story explores the conflicting emotions of a young adolescent and the concern of parents who must protect their daughter's privacy and her well-being. In spite of the horrors of molestation, this is ultimately a story of healing and hope.

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Reynolds competently presents the many complex motivations of all participants... As Young Adult readers easily relate to Cassie's story, they will effortlessly learn from her experience.-Wilson Library Bulletin

Wonderful novel for every church, every junior high and high school library, and every English class... important literature for all teenagers. Highly recommended.-National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Telling is the gripping story of a twelve-year-old's molestation by the father of two children for whom she babysits. What makes the situation worse is that the mother is her friend, and the children are her younger brother's best friends. Why she doesn't tell her own mother right away, who she does tell, and how eventually everything is resolved makes this story very real. You can just imagine your daughter or niece or friend's child involved in this situation.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Cassie is a typical 12-year-old girl. She is inexperienced but curious about sex and depends on her older cousin Lisa for straight talk and honest information. When new neighbors move in, Cassie's life suddenly becomes much more interesting. Fred and Angie Sloane are young, attractive, and fun, and they treat Cassie like a grown-up. She soon spends all of her free time helping them fix up their home and babysitting for their two children. Life with the Sloanes seems nearly perfect until the night Fred puts his hands on Cassie in a way she never expects. Overwhelmed with conflicting emotions, she confides in Lisa, who promises secrecy. But when it happens again, and again, Lisa tells. Confronted with the truth, Cassie must face her parents, the Sloanes, and eventually, herself. In this frank, yet sensitive portrayal of child molestation, Reynolds has done a superb job of weaving the complexities of difficult issues into the life of an innocent child. The characters are believable and sympathetic, especially Cassie and her adolescent friends. Even when faced with such ugliness in her life, she can still occasionally giggle about boys, pass notes in English class, and have pillow fights with her best friend. Her story resonates with authenticity, and it will surely touch many readers.Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC

Product Details

New Wind Publishing
Publication date:
Hamilton High True-to-Life
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Marilyn Reynolds is the author of ten books of realistic teen fiction: Shut Up, No More Sad Goodbyes, If You Loved Me, Love Rules, Baby Help, But What About Me?, Beyond Dreams, Too Soon for Jeff and Detour for Emmy, all part of the popular and award-winning True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High. Marilyn is also the author of a book for educators, I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers, and a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don't Mean MPH. She has a variety of published personal essays to her credit, and was nominated for an Emmy for the ABC Afterschool Special teleplay of Too Soon for Jeff.
Ms. Reynolds worked with reluctant learners and teens in crises at a southern California alternative high school for thirty years. She remains actively involved in education through author presentations to middle and high school students ranging from struggling readers to highly motivated writers who are interested in developing work for possible publication.
In the introduction to her book on techniques to help reluctant readers (I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me), Marilyn writes: "Over time I came to realize that the greatest gift I could give to my students, many of whom would have no formal schooling after they left [high school], was the gift of a reading habit. Silent reading time became the backbone of my program." She quotes a study in the the Los Angeles Times reporting that the single most significant factor in determining a person's success in life is whether they read for pleasure.

She published her first novel, Telling, with the encouragement of Gloria Miklowitz, a well-known writer of young adult fiction. Telling dealt with molestation, and students at her school became avid readers (and critics) of the manuscript. In the process, "students were developing a critical sense, using literary terms, analyzing character and motivation. And they were paying attention to the specifics of language use."

Encouraged by the experience, she went on to write a realistic novel about teen pregnancy, Detour for Emmy. She believes that "the essence of sustained silent reading has to do with the increased understanding of one's self and the world, of enabling the wounded to heal, the isolated to know they are not alone, the bigoted to see the humanity of others."

Marilyn Reynolds is a passionate advocate of the benefits of writing in addition to reading. She promotes writing through participation in the 916 Ink program, and works with incarcerated youth in the Sacramento area. She engages with teens in a local continuation high school, and through visiting schools as an author. She also presents staff development workshops for educators and is often a guest speaker for programs and organizations that serve teens, parents, teachers, and writers.

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Telling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
deebby More than 1 year ago
I thought the book Telling by Marilyn Reynolds was a really good book. I think Marilyn Reynolds is a really good author and she makes her books an easy read and very interesting. I was looking at all the other reviews and I saw nothing but good comments about Marilyn Reynolds books, it makes me want to read more, and I personally don’t like to read at all. I didn’t even want to put the book down and I read it within and week, and that is very short for someone like me that doesn’t like to read at all. Tons of my friends told me to read this book because it was really good, and usually my friends don’t read a lot either and they have told me this is one of their favorite books and I was shocked to hear it. I think this book should be a recommended book to read in school because it proves points, as in telling people your problems so they can help you as much as possible and give you the best advice. Also it shows that you shouldn’t hide anything because it just makes you worry more and more, like Cassie was so worried to go back to the Salones house. I bet there are many people out there that are dealing with something like Cassie was and that are afraid to tell people because they think that person might be lying, just like Cassie thought. I really liked this book and I would recommend to anyone that likes to read a good book. For my first time finally reading a whole book by myself it makes me want to read more just like this book. I think I now know what author I am going to go look for when I find my next book to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I love all of Marilyn Reynolds books but this one is by far the best! I recommend this book to any young teenage ! I plan on reading all of her novels because she keeps you interested the whole way through! signed- a young teenage