The Summer of Owen Todd

The Summer of Owen Todd

Book - 2017
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In the touristy town of Cape Cod, eleven-year-old Owen faces a dilemma when his best friend Sean is sexually abused by a trusted adult, but warns Owen not tell anyone what is happening.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374305505
Characteristics: 217 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 01, 2018

The book "Laura Monster Crusher", written by Wesley King, was a strong, touching and positive story. The main character faces some trouble, like the most of us, and faces mean bullies and made new friends along the way. This story helped me realize again, that we are not alone in all the problems we face. Laura faces bullies, making new friends and moving to different houses and schools. This book is great to enhance the feeling of courage and strength. This book will teach readers a positive lesson about dealing with bullies and standing up for what is right. I was thrilled and surprised by the plot twists and action-packed scenes! I could NOT put the book down! The energy from the battle and monster fighting surged through me as I read those scenes and kept me on the edge of my seat! I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is looking for adventure and a relatable experience. Rating 5/5.
@EMBookWorm14 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

JCLJoyH Jun 04, 2018

This is a very important but tough topic to read about. It covers an extremely sensitive but important topic that is also heartbreaking. It also sends a crucial message about the hard choices that have to be made in the name of friendship.

Jan 05, 2018

This book is marked J- Juvenile and I picked it up for my 9 year old as I quickly went through the book shelves. Fortunately, I decided to glimpse at it and found shockingly that it is really too much to be rated as J. This book should at least be a teen level although it says it is for kids aged 10 and up.
The topic is an extremely sensitive one and must be understood by parents as well as kids to be cautious against predators in the society. However for pre-teen kids, it is better that a trusted adult discusses with them rather than them reading the book on their own. Hence I would recommend parents to read this heart-breaking book and raise awareness on this topic.
Kudos to the author for a sensitive portrayal of harsh realities.

ArapahoeKati Nov 06, 2017

This book is really hard to review because it's about an extremely sensitive subject that will break your heart. It's very well-written and engaging, but child sexual abuse is incredibly tough to read about.


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