Saturday, October 7, 2017

"The Summer of Owen Todd"

New from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR): The Summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott.

About the book, from the publisher:

Owen and his best friend, Sean, are both eleven years old. They’ve lived on Cape Cod all their lives, and now that they’re a little older, they’ll finally be free to spend some time on their own. But Sean’s mother has a different idea—she hires a babysitter to look after Sean. Paul is in his twenties, and a well-liked guy from church.

Paul starts doing things that just feel wrong. Because they’ve always been as close as brothers, Sean tells Owen, and no one else. What’s not certain to Owen is what he should do. Sean warns him not to tell anyone what is happening. But if Owen doesn’t tell, could something even worse happen to Sean?

This harrowing and sensitively told tale of child abuse is a must-read for anyone who might ever be called upon to help a friend in need.
Learn more about the book and author at Tony Abbott's website.

Writers Read: Tony Abbott (August 2011).

--Marshal Zeringue