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Whistling In the Dark by Lesley Kagen
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May 18, 2009

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Sally and Troo O'Malley are 2 sisters growing up in Milwaukee in a dysfunctional family in a 1959 neighborhood full of quirky families, friends, and someone who likes little girls too much . . . in fact 2 children are dead and Sally O'Malley thinks she's next! Sally's mother is hospitalized, her step-father is a drunken abuser, her older sister is too in love with her boyfriend to care about her little half sisters, so the girls drift from home to home inviting themselves to dinner. Troo shoplifts cigarettes, and neither one of the bathe! While this all sounds horrible, Sally is funny witty, and very resourceful. Some of the situations seem implausible (why didn't the mother ever call the sisters from the hospital to let them know how she is), or impractical (Troo's pockets are so full of shoplifted itmes, they all fall out in front of the proprietor without repercussions), but I enjoyed the book and the ending is very satisfactory if a little of a stretch!

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