The unofficial town motto is "Nothing bad ever happens in Rosemont" where twelve-year-old Anna has come to stay with her grandmother, Mim, hoping to forget her worries about her parents' troubled marriage. She'll be busy with the town's annual Flower Festival, a celebration with floats and bands that requires weeks of preparations.
But before long, Anna finds herself involved in a very big problem. When she observes a girl her own age who seems to be being held against her will, Anna can't forget the girl's frightened eyes and she is determined to investigate. "When you see something, say something" she's been told—but what good does it do to speak if no one will listen? Luckily, a take-charge girl like Anna is not going to give up.
Told with Joan Bauer's trademark mixture of humor and heart, Tell Me will enthrall her many fans and win her new ones.
Anna McConnell, a budding actress about to enter eighth grade, proves that one person can make a difference, in this novel filled with comedy and drama. While Anna's parents take a break from each other, Anna stays with her grandmother in Rosemont, Va., where preparations are being made for the annual flower festival. Amid the hoopla, Anna, playing the role of a petunia at the local library, notices something unusual: a scared-looking girl trying to escape from a van. Haunted by the image, Anna won't rest until she finds answers about what happened to the girl. Luckily, her grandmother and some newfound friends share her concern and are willing to lend a hand. The story is at times cluttered with tangents involving other characters' conflicts, but Bauer (Almost Home) skillfully weaves subplots together as Rosemont citizens (and Anna's parents) rise to the challenge of solving the mystery. Anna emerges as a quick-thinking director and a creative actress, assigning roles to volunteers and orchestrating a happy ending for at least one unhappy child. Ages 10 up.