Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell

Category: Book
By (author): Shaw, Liane
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Second Story Press
Published: April 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.60in
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From The Publisher*Sixteen-year-old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself. Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn't have to respond; he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty. His odd behavior makes him an easy target for the "Despisers" at school, but he's gotten used to eating lunch alone in the Reject Room. Angel, in tenth grade but already at her sixth school, has always had a hard time making friends because her family moves around so much. Frederick is different from the other kids she's met - he's annoyingly smart, but refreshingly honest - and since he's never had a real friend before, she decides to teach him all her rules of friendship. But after Angel makes a rash decision and disappears, Frederick is called in for questioning by the police and is torn between telling the truth and keeping his friend's secret. Her warning to him - don't tell, don't tell, don't tell - might have done more harm than good.
From The Publisher*When his only friend goes missing, Frederick- who has Asperger's- doesn't know what to do. His friend Angel made him promise not to tell anyone about her plan to run away, but when the police call Frederick in for questioning his loyalty to her may have done more harm than good.
Review Quote*CBC Books
May 9, 2016

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Review Quote*Frederick's character is developed with maximum attention to the nuances of Asperger's Syndrome, and he is both likeable and complex.
Review Quote*Both [Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell and Everyday Hero by Kathleen Cherry] are heavily character-driven, focusing on teens and the friendships they make, and both see their protagonists drawn into tenuous, even dangerous, situations. But the real commonality is the message: the peril of labelling and trying to make everyone fit one definition of normal. These two books evocatively give middle-schoolers and young adults the opportunity to open their minds to other possibilities.
Review Quote*It was a fascinating look into someone else's mind, and Frederick's way of thinking gave me things to think about. The end. It was amazing.
Review Quote*A character-driven novel, Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell is a compelling read because of Frederick and Angel's unique sense of companionship, and their ability to be just what the other needs.
Review Quote*This compelling read explores the nuances of Asperger's Syndrome through 16-year-old Frederick, whose odd behaviour makes him an easy target and renders him friendless at high school.