The Summer of Owen Todd

The Summer of Owen Todd

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In the touristy town of Cape Cod, eleven-year-old Owen faces a dilemma when his best friend Sean is sexually abused by a trusted adult, but warns Owen not tell anyone what is happening.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017
ISBN: 9780374305505
Branch Call Number: J ABB
Characteristics: 224 pages


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amyraeweaver Apr 27, 2019

This book is depressing: there’s no two ways about it. Tony Abbott chooses to tell a difficult, ugly story when he focuses in on the tale of a boy whose best friend is being groomed and abused by a pedophile. That same fact is why it’s so vital and necessary. The book provides a model to children of what it might look like when a peer is being molested—and reminds them that the abuser might be somebody everybody knows and respects. The ultimate message—that no matter what the abuser says, you need to tell an adult who will do something about the problem—makes the book a must-read. The fact that it’s well-written, with a likeable main character and great details about life in Cape Cod, doesn’t make the subject matter easier to swallow, but it does make it an excellent novel for middle grade readers. I wish I could put it in the hands of every middle schooler out there.

Aug 01, 2018

The book, The Summer Of Owen Todd, was a beautifully written book that expressed the idea of respect, a horrifying crime and the power of trust. This amazing book tells the story of a boy, who has a very close friend who is being raped. He doesn't anyone to know about the abuse and tells Owen to swear to never tell anyone. But Owen then faces two choices, both with consequences. Either he can keep the secret and let his best friend get abused and raped even more, or, he can tell the proper responsible adults, but the whole world will know what Sean did and Sean might commit suicide. Sean starts to address the idea of suicide and death after he tells Owen to keep this huge secret. He keeps reminding Owen to not tell anyone of the secret, or he'll kill himself. This book conveys the idea that when choosing between telling the truth and keep hurting your friend, then choose to tell the truth. Even though both would have consequences, at least telling the truth wouldn't hurt anyone severely. This book allows readers to think about their everyday actions, that may or may not include telling lies, and how the effect of telling lies is. This book was truly heartwarming, and amazing. Keep up the hard work Tony Abbot, and continue to write awesome books like this!Rating 5/5.
@EMBookWorm14 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

JCLJoyH Jun 04, 2018

This is a very important but tough topic to read about. It covers an extremely sensitive but important topic that is also heartbreaking. It also sends a crucial message about the hard choices that have to be made in the name of friendship.

Jan 05, 2018

This book is marked J- Juvenile and I picked it up for my 9 year old as I quickly went through the book shelves. Fortunately, I decided to glimpse at it and found shockingly that it is really too much to be rated as J. This book should at least be a teen level although it says it is for kids aged 10 and up.
The topic is an extremely sensitive one and must be understood by parents as well as kids to be cautious against predators in the society. However for pre-teen kids, it is better that a trusted adult discusses with them rather than them reading the book on their own. Hence I would recommend parents to read this heart-breaking book and raise awareness on this topic.
Kudos to the author for a sensitive portrayal of harsh realities.

ArapahoeKati Nov 06, 2017

This book is really hard to review because it's about an extremely sensitive subject that will break your heart. It's very well-written and engaging, but child sexual abuse is incredibly tough to read about.

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