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Whistling in the Dark

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ISBN13: 9780451221230
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It was the summer on Vliet Street we all started locking our doors....Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said — actions speak louder than words. Sally would have to agree with her. Because during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, who was left strict instructions to take care of the girls, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that her charges are on the loose. And so is a murderer and molester.

Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. If nobody will believe her, she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.

Funny, wise and uplifting, Whistling in the Dark is the story of two tough and endearing little girls...and of a time not so long ago, when life was not as innocent as it appeared.

Review:

"The loss of innocence can be as dramatic as the loss of a parent or the discovery that what's perceived to be truth can actually be a big fat lie, as shown in Kagen's compassionate debut, a coming-of-age thriller set in Milwaukee during the summer of 1959. Ten-year-old Sally O'Malley fears that a child predator who has already murdered two girls, Junie Piaskowski and Sara Heinemann, will target her or her little sister, Troo, next. Sally's mom is in the hospital, while her big sister, Nell, is distracted by love and her stepdad, Hall, by the bottle, so who can save her if the killer is, as she suspects, her neighbor, David Rasmussen, a popular cop who has a photo of Junie hanging in his house? Though the mystery elements are sketchy, Kagen sharply depicts the vulnerability of children of any era. Sally, 'a girl who wouldn't break a promise even if her life depended on it,' makes an enchanting protagonist." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Bittersweet and beautifully rendered, Whistling in the Dark is the story of two young sisters and a summer jam-packed with disillusionment and discovery. With the unrelenting optimism that only children could bring to such a situation, these girls triumph. So does Kagen. Whistling in the Dark shines. Don't miss it." Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

Review:

"Every now and then, you come across a book with characters so endearing that you love them like family, and a plot so riveting that you can¹t read slowly to make the story last longer, no matter how hard you try. Whistling in the Dark is one such book. I absolutely loved this novel from the first page to the last!" Sandra Kring, author of Carry Me Home and The Book of Bright Ideas

Review:

"Kagen's debut novel sparkles with charm thanks to 10-year-old narrator Sally O'Malley, who draws readers into the story of her momentous summer in 1959. The author has an uncanny ability to visualize the world as seen by a precocious child in this unforgettable book." Romantic Times

Review:

"One of the summer's hot reads." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Delightful...gritty and smart, profane and poetic." Milwaukee Magazine

Review:

"Innocently wise and ultimately captivating." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Synopsis:

It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors...

Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the Loose. And so is a murderer and molester.

Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. Now she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.

About the Author

Lesley Kagen is a writer, actress, voice-over talent, and restaurateur. The owner of Restaurant Hama, one of Milwaukee's top restaurants.

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christyverdin, January 7, 2011 (view all comments by christyverdin)
This book was great! The characters are all so close to home..I placed myself in the book so many times. It kept me reading nonstop. Ive shared this book with friends and family and everyone has had great reviews. Sensational reading material.
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FBB, September 15, 2010 (view all comments by FBB)
This novel was such a wonderful surprise of a read; I'd been in my local library, and completely by chance saw the book on a "recently returned" rack. I picked it up, checked it out, and Oh my! I was truly taken with the protagonist, that young girl in Milwaukee with "too much imagination" along with her stories. The narration is spot on 1050s Milwaukee, and a delight.
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Patricia Johnson, July 9, 2008 (view all comments by Patricia Johnson)
I don't like the "idyllic summers, coming of age, discovering your inner self, disfunctional family, view inside a child's mind" books. They usually ring false and pretentious. But this book isn't just a character study, although the characters who populate this book are charming and real. No, this one actually has a plot! A great plot that makes sense and makes the characters respond sensibily. It is the author's first book and certainly makes me want to read more by her.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451221230
Author:
Kagen, Lesley
Publisher:
NAL Accent
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 0.73 in 0.57 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages NAL Accent - English 9780451221230 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The loss of innocence can be as dramatic as the loss of a parent or the discovery that what's perceived to be truth can actually be a big fat lie, as shown in Kagen's compassionate debut, a coming-of-age thriller set in Milwaukee during the summer of 1959. Ten-year-old Sally O'Malley fears that a child predator who has already murdered two girls, Junie Piaskowski and Sara Heinemann, will target her or her little sister, Troo, next. Sally's mom is in the hospital, while her big sister, Nell, is distracted by love and her stepdad, Hall, by the bottle, so who can save her if the killer is, as she suspects, her neighbor, David Rasmussen, a popular cop who has a photo of Junie hanging in his house? Though the mystery elements are sketchy, Kagen sharply depicts the vulnerability of children of any era. Sally, 'a girl who wouldn't break a promise even if her life depended on it,' makes an enchanting protagonist." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Bittersweet and beautifully rendered, Whistling in the Dark is the story of two young sisters and a summer jam-packed with disillusionment and discovery. With the unrelenting optimism that only children could bring to such a situation, these girls triumph. So does Kagen. Whistling in the Dark shines. Don't miss it."
"Review" by , "Every now and then, you come across a book with characters so endearing that you love them like family, and a plot so riveting that you can¹t read slowly to make the story last longer, no matter how hard you try. Whistling in the Dark is one such book. I absolutely loved this novel from the first page to the last!"
"Review" by , "Kagen's debut novel sparkles with charm thanks to 10-year-old narrator Sally O'Malley, who draws readers into the story of her momentous summer in 1959. The author has an uncanny ability to visualize the world as seen by a precocious child in this unforgettable book."
"Review" by , "One of the summer's hot reads."
"Review" by , "Delightful...gritty and smart, profane and poetic."
"Review" by , "Innocently wise and ultimately captivating."
"Synopsis" by ,
It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors...

Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the Loose. And so is a murderer and molester.

Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. Now she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.

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