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category: Young Adult Fiction
published: Apr 2016
publisher: Second Story Press

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

by Liane Shaw

tagged: friendship, loners & outcasts, disabilities & special needs

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.

About the Author
Liane Shaw is the author of several books for teens including thinandbeautiful.com, Fostergirls, and The Color of Silence, as well as a work of non-fiction called Time Out: A teacher's year of reading, fighting, and four-letter words. Liane was an educator for more than 20 years, both in the classroom and as a special education resource teacher. Now retired from teaching, Liane lives with her family in the Ottawa Valley.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 16
8 to 12
Reading age:
9 to 12

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

Frederick, a lonely teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, and Angel, a teenage girl struggling with her identity, are considered “outsiders” and “rejects” at school. Their relationship and the challenges they face will facilitate class conversations on the challenges of overcoming peer pressure, resilience, and the pressures of secret-keeping. This encourages reflection about what is ‘normal’ and the challenges of being ‘labelled’

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.

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