The novel begins with twelve-year-old Cassie meeting her new neighbors, the Sloans, and agreeing to baby-sit their children. Each time Cassie baby-sits, Fred Sloan makes a sexual advance toward her, progressively becoming more obvious and direct. In the beginning, Cassie doesn’t tell anyone, but instead tries to beg off the baby-sitting jobs. Unfortunately, Cassie’s mother often says ‘yes’ for her, thinking that Cassie should enjoy making the money.
When Cassie finally tells her older cousin, the two go to baby-sit together. Cassie only baby-sits alone when Fred is out for his bowling night and will be home later than Angie. One night this plan backfires and Fred catches Cassie alone. He forces kisses upon her and promises he won’t hurt her. She freezes in fear. Afterward, she won’t go out. Once the truth comes to light, not all adults believe Cassie –and Fred and his wife won’t admit what happens. The novel continues with the effects of the truth upon both families and the danger that Cassie is in while she is ‘telling.’
We just got two copies of this book for our ‘SSR’ library in the textbook room at COHS. I thought it was realistic and recommend it. Ask in the textbook room if you’d like to read it.