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Promise Not to Tell

A novel by

Promise Not To Tell

By Jane Futcher

Fifteen-year-old Simon felt as if he couldn't do anything right. He'd been kicked out of prep school and was in constant battle with his parents. Shipping him off to Maine to live with his older cousin was his mother's idea of a way to turn his life around. Simon didn't agree. But that was before he met Laura.

She was beautiful. The most beautiful girl Simon had ever seen. And she needed him. Laura was living with a dark secret she couldn't tell anyone, except Simon. Simon had to help her. It was one thing he knew was right, even if keeping her secret made everything go terribly wrong.

Critical Review

"Few young-adult writers have succeeded in capturing the dialogue and internal voice of confused young men with the authenticity and power of Promise Not to Tell, by Jane Futcher... As Simon lurches from childlike needs to adult responsibility, he is by turn sullen and persecuted. He's rebellious but dependent."
Patricia Holt, San Francisco Chronicle, August 1991.

"Some secrets are too dangerous to tell--and too dangerous to keep." From the Young Adult Library Services Association, which selected Promise Not to Tell as a 1992 Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers. Quick Picks are selected because they "have emotional impact and are gripping and memorable."


Used availability for Jane Futcher's Promise Not to Tell

Paperback Editions

May 1991 : USA Paperback

Title: Promise Not to Tell
Author(s): Jane Futcher
ISBN: 0-380-76037-1 / 978-0-380-76037-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Promise Not To Tell
Author(s): Jane Futcher
Publisher: Women Gone Wild Press
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