Whistling in the Dark
Whistling in the Dark
Whistling in the Dark
Lesley Kagen
It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors... Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the Loose. And so is a murderer and molester. Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. Now she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen is a story based in Milwaukee during the summer of 1959. Two girls, the O'Malley sisters, Sally and Troo find themselves caught in a desperate situation. With their father dead, their mother in the hospital, step-father drunk and never home, and their older sister Nell galavanting off with her boyfriend, Troo and Sally have to survive on their own. Sally, the older of the two, is protective and caring of Troo.

From the Publisher


Funny, wise and uplifting, Whistling in the Dark is the story of two tough and endearing little girls...and of a time not so long ago, when life was not as innocent as it appeared.


Whistling in the Dark was selected as a BookSense Pick for the month of May, a Midwest Booksellers Connection Title, and as a Featured Alternate by Double Day Book Club, The Mystery Guild and The Literary Guild.


"Every now and then, you come across a book with characters so endearing that you love them like family, and a plot so riveting that you can't read slowly to make the story last longer, no matter how hard you try. Whistling in the Dark is one such book. I absolutely loved this novel from the first page to the last!"

-Sandra Kring, author of Carry Me Home and The Book of Bright Ideas

Lesley Kagen is a writer, an actress, and owns one of Milwaukee's top restaurants. You can visit her at www.lesleykagen.com

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