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Tell Me

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Tell Me

Anna McConnell leaves her summer acting gig as a singing cranberry because her parents send her to her grandmother’s over the summer while they try to sort through their marital problems.  She loves her grandmother Mim, but she is worried that her parents are going to get separated. The trouble doesn’t stop there; while she is at the local library, she notices that a woman brusquely takes a frightened looking little girl out of her van and into the restroom. The girl tries to run when she gets out of the van, but the woman grabs her. Has the girl been kidnapped? Anna isn’t sure, but she feels that she should report what happened to the police. 
 
I wouldn’t think that an author could write a book about human trafficking for children in this age bracket, but Joan Bauer pulled it off with poise. 
 
While she is there, the police officer barely pays any attention to her story. She fills out the paperwork, but the police officer never files it.  Anna remembers that the girl wore a yellow scrunchie. She purchases several yellow scunchies and puts one around her wrist as a promise to herself that she will help the little girl --- she knows that she can’t just stand by and not take action. With the help of Mim, the librarian, more police officers and even the snobby rich girl with connections to the local flower show, Anna does everything she can to solve the case. 
 
I wouldn’t think that an author could write a book about human trafficking for children in this age bracket, but Joan Bauer pulled it off with poise. She wrote the story in such a way that the reader is immersed in the main character’s quest for justice for a little girl that she doesn’t know. The book is also about saying something if you see something, trusting your instincts and being proactive. And most importantly, it champions not giving up. The main character has a lot of obstacles standing in her way, but she persistently marches through them to stay focused on helping the little girl with the yellow scrunchie.

Reviewed by Kathy Purcell on September 16, 2014

Tell Me
by Joan Bauer

  • Publication Date: September 16, 2014
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0451470338
  • ISBN-13: 9780451470331