At the age of twelve, Cassie is old enough to babysit. But when the father of two children for whom she babysits fondles her, Cassie is too confused and embarrassed to know what to do. She becomes more and more frightened as he continues to aggressively molest her. At last, she tells her teenage cousin, Lisa, and together they try to find ways to cope. Lisa realizes the escalating situation is more than the two of them can handle on their own and she breaks her vow of silence. The story explores the conflicting emotions of a young adolescent and the concern of parents who must protect their daughter's privacy and her well-being. In spite of the horrors of molestation, this is ultimately a story of healing and hope.
About the Author
Ms. Reynolds worked with reluctant learners and teens in crises at a southern California alternative high school for thirty years. She remains actively involved in education through author presentations to middle and high school students ranging from struggling readers to highly motivated writers who are interested in developing work for possible publication.
In the introduction to her book on techniques to help reluctant readers (I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me), Marilyn writes: "Over time I came to realize that the greatest gift I could give to my students, many of whom would have no formal schooling after they left [high school], was the gift of a reading habit. Silent reading time became the backbone of my program." She quotes a study in the the Los Angeles Times reporting that the single most significant factor in determining a person's success in life is whether they read for pleasure.
She published her first novel, Telling, with the encouragement of Gloria Miklowitz, a well-known writer of young adult fiction. Telling dealt with molestation, and students at her school became avid readers (and critics) of the manuscript. In the process, "students were developing a critical sense, using literary terms, analyzing character and motivation. And they were paying attention to the specifics of language use."
Encouraged by the experience, she went on to write a realistic novel about teen pregnancy, Detour for Emmy. She believes that "the essence of sustained silent reading has to do with the increased understanding of one's self and the world, of enabling the wounded to heal, the isolated to know they are not alone, the bigoted to see the humanity of others."
Marilyn Reynolds is a passionate advocate of the benefits of writing in addition to reading. She promotes writing through participation in the 916 Ink program, and works with incarcerated youth in the Sacramento area. She engages with teens in a local continuation high school, and through visiting schools as an author. She also presents staff development workshops for educators and is often a guest speaker for programs and organizations that serve teens, parents, teachers, and writers.
I thought the book Telling by Marilyn Reynolds was a really good book. I think Marilyn Reynolds is a really good author and she makes her books an easy read and very interesting. I was looking at all the other reviews and I saw nothing but good comments about Marilyn Reynolds books, it makes me want to read more, and I personally don’t like to read at all. I didn’t even want to put the book down and I read it within and week, and that is very short for someone like me that doesn’t like to read at all. Tons of my friends told me to read this book because it was really good, and usually my friends don’t read a lot either and they have told me this is one of their favorite books and I was shocked to hear it. I think this book should be a recommended book to read in school because it proves points, as in telling people your problems so they can help you as much as possible and give you the best advice. Also it shows that you shouldn’t hide anything because it just makes you worry more and more, like Cassie was so worried to go back to the Salones house. I bet there are many people out there that are dealing with something like Cassie was and that are afraid to tell people because they think that person might be lying, just like Cassie thought. I really liked this book and I would recommend to anyone that likes to read a good book. For my first time finally reading a whole book by myself it makes me want to read more just like this book. I think I now know what author I am going to go look for when I find my next book to read!
This is a great book! I love all of Marilyn Reynolds books but this one is by far the best! I recommend this book to any young teenage ! I plan on reading all of her novels because she keeps you interested the whole way through! signed- a young teenage