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The voice of 10 year old narrator Sally O’Malley is pitch perfect. Sally and her younger sister, Troo (short for Trooper, not Trudy like everybody thinks), are basically on their own in the summer of ’59 when their mother has to go to the hospital and their older sister is too involved with her boyfriend, and their stepfather is just plain absent. By turns funny, poignant and heartbreaking, this is a marvelous read.

— Jill


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 an actress, voice-over talent, and restaurateur, as well as the author of two previous national bestselling novels. Whistling in the Dark has been translated into five languages and was a Midwest Choice Honor winner. Land of a Hundred Wonders, an Indie Next pick, was also nominated for a Midwest Choice Award. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780451221230
ISBN-10: 0451221230
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 1st, 2007
Pages: 336
Language: English