Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell
Publish May 8, 2016
Author of The Color of Silence, Liane Shaw’s new novel, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, tackles the idea of keeping secrets through the revealing perspectives of Frederick, a young man dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome, and Angel, a young woman trying to fit into yet another high school. Bound by a promise to Angel to keep quiet, Frederick is conflicted when the police question him about her disappearance. Determined to keep his word, Frederick’s sheltered life opens up when the plan goes awry, lying to his mother and taking risks he never would have before in order to find Angel. This, however, is only half of the story. When Angel confesses her own scary secret to Frederick, after getting them both lost in the woods, he uses his unique and concise perspective to help her tell her own truth. Both faced with real and perceived messages not to tell important things to the people they care about, Frederick and Angel must decide their next move. While the switch between narrators midway through the book is a bit jarring, Shaw’s inclusion of Angel’s perspective brings satisfying symmetry to Frederick and Angel’s individual discords. Their unusual friendship fuels personal growth and resolution for both characters, promoting the important message that all kinds of people have something to offer and can have healthy relationships. 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.
Second Story Press
ISBN 13: 978-192-758-395-1