Tell Me by Joan Bauer
7 word summary: A girl taken? Anna searches for clues.
Realistic fiction. Stand alone novel. ©2014. 272p. Share with ages 9-13.
THIS REVIEW IS OF AN ADVANCE READER’S COPY. Yay for galleys at 2014 ALA!
Anna’s spending the summer with her grandmother Mim out in small-town USA while her parents navigate a trial separation. She’s just in time for the town’s Flower Festival, and is using her dramatic flair to advertise the festival when she notices a young girl with wide eyes being taken against her will. Unsure of what she’s seen, Anna debates telling anyone until she just knows it was wrong. Multiple plot points, including anger management and human trafficking, are brought up and addressed without overtaking pre-teen Anna’s voice. A happy ending, the kind that real life doesn’t always have with these topics, is guaranteed.