Monday, May 13, 2013

PANIC by Sharon M. Draper

Don't talk to strangers!  Everyone knows the rule.  When a stranger talks to Diamond and tells her he can introduce her to movie stars and even get her a movie audition, all common sense leaves her mind.  She follows him out of the mall and into a nightmare.

It was an innocent trip to the mall to buy new tights before their performance, but Mercedes can't forgive herself for letting Diamond go off to the food court alone.  If she hadn't stayed back in the dance store to try on the red leotard, Diamond wouldn't be missing.

Everyone is frantic.  Diamond has disappeared from the mall without a trace.  Her friends and family can't get in touch with her because the battery in her phone is dead.  No one has a clue where she could be. 

When Diamond wakes up tied to a bed surrounded by video cameras, she can't believe what's happening.  Drugged and forced to do unspeakable things, she begs to be allowed to return home.

PANIC by Sharon M. Draper is a story ripped from tragic headlines about the abduction of a teen and the resulting community chaos.  A must-read for teenage girls who might be tempted by a stranger's promises despite the most dire warnings from parents and other authority figures.


Ms. Yingling said...

This was gripping, but I did so want to shake the girl. No! Don't talk to strangers! You'd better believe I talked to my daughter about this yet again after reading this book!

Readingjunky said...

It is a message that can't be repeated too often!