The Babysitter Murders by Janet Ruth Young

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Everyone has weird thoughts sometimes. But for seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon, strange thoughts have taken over her life. She loves Alex, the little boy she babysits, more than anything. But one day, she has a vision of murdering him that's so gruesome, she can't get it out of her mind. In fact, Dani's convinced that she really will kill Alex. She confesses the thoughts to keep him safe, setting off a media frenzy that makes "Dani Death" the target of an extremist vigilante group.

Through the help of a brave therapist, Dani begins to heal her broken mind. But will it be too late? The people of her community want justice . . . and Dani's learning that some thoughts are better left unsaid.

About Janet Ruth Young

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Janet Ruth Young is the author of the teen novels My Beautiful Failure, Things I Shouldn’t Think (previously published as The Babysitter Murders), and The Opposite of Music. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit her at
Published July 26, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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Dani’s committed no crime, so she’s not arrested, but word gets out, and Dani falls prey to the smear tactics of a vigilante group called Protect Our Kids.

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In this provocative exploration of a community's response to the mere possibility of a horrific crime, Young employs elements from her first book, The Opposite of Music: the present-tense narrative;

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Book Reporter

Seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon enjoys her life: babysitting, singing in an a cappella group, and hanging out with her best friend, Shelley.

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Common Sense Media

The book is clearly meant to sound a warning about the danger of rumors, assumptions, and the nastiness encouraged by anonymity online, as well as to shine a light on mental illness and how easily it’s misunderstood.

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Palatine Public Library

When suddenly stricken with an unusual form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 17-year-old Dani Solomon struggles to heal her broken mind amidst a non-supportive community that fails to understand the nature of her mental illness.

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