Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark

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Penguin Putnam
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.

Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
After promising on her father's deathbed to protect her sister, Troo, young Sally O'Malley finds she and her sister are on their own--with their mother hospitalized, their stepfather descending into alcoholism, and their big sister preoccupied with her boyfriend--at the same time that a child molester and murderer is on the loose. Original.

Baker
& Taylor

After promising on her father's deathbed to protect her sister, Troo, young Sally O'Malley finds she and her sister are on their own--with their mother hospitalized, their stepfather descending into alcoholism, and their big sister preoccupied with her boyfriend--at the same time that a child molester and murderer is on the loose.

Publisher: New York : NAL Accent, 2007
ISBN: 9780451221230
0451221230
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 20 cm

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beckymatyas Oct 22, 2012

Whistling In the Dark captures what it was like to grow up in the 50's when children were watched over by everyone on the block. We know now that it wasn't all perfection, but back then summer was an endless outdoor playground from morning til night. It's too bad it can't always be like that. Sally and Troo had some good times and bad, but lots of people cared about them. It really does take a village. And to jkn14x, I think Sally O'Malley is a great name!!

jkn14x Oct 14, 2012

Please tell me nobody really names their kid Sally O'Malley...it's not like the author had no choice!

dollfacecrafter Mar 07, 2012

this book is so well written, and sooo funny, written from the perspective of a 11 year old girl, so good, so recommended!!

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bestedgefan
May 04, 2010

One of the best books I have ever read. The characters were so well developed and believable that at I cried for them.

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