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.

This title has Common Core connections.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on October 17, 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374305501
ISBN-13: 9780374305505
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  • pusheenfan101
    pusheenfan101Monday, April 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm22 stars
    This certainly wasn’t the best book in the world. There is this boy named Owen Todd, and he has a friend, that I forget the name of. Owen’s friend’s babysitter is a bad guy, who tries to seem nice to them, but he really isn’t. He does things that are inappropriate for a man of his age. This book was okay, but I wish the author didnt include the part of that inappropriate man. It was a little to violent for me.