The Babysitter Murders

The Babysitter Murders

Book - 2011 | 1st ed. --
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Imaginative Massachusetts seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon confesses she has been troubled by thoughts of harming Alex, the little boy she loves to babysit, triggering gossip and a media frenzy that makes "Dani Death" the target of an extremist vigilante group.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub. Division, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781416959441
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC YOUNG 9254mv 1
Characteristics: 327 p.


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Dec 21, 2011

At first, I thought this book would be a little dumb. But it was not and I'm happy I was wrong.
This book is very slow at the beginning, but then all the suspense came and I could not put it down.
When I was reading this book, I had some very creepy dreams....They had me terrified!
The author (Janet Ruth Young) used imagery to grab the reader’s attention, and she did it well.
The only things I did not like about the book were the chapter lengths; they were so short! It made the book feel broken up and choppy. I also did not like that it was in third person, but that’s just because I don't like reading in third person. Even thought, these things were annoying, they did not destroy the book's plot or anything major like that.
It's hard to rate this book because it is so different than what I usually read. But I loved it way more than I thought I would.

Michael Colford Sep 01, 2011

Janet Ruth Young does it again, taking a difficult mental and emotional condition and turning into an entertaining, educational, and powerful young adult novel. In her first novel, The Opposite of Music, Janet tackles depression. In The Babysitter Murders, main character Dani struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The problem is, because she doesn't understand her disorder, people think she's a potential murderer, and that doesn't play well in this sleep, coastal New England town. And kudos to Janet for slipping in Shelley's storyline. Shelley is Dani's best friend who is just coming to terms with her sexuality.

The Babysitter Murders has more of a young adult feel to it than The Opposite of Music, but its accessible and disturbing at the same time, and well worth the read.

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