They Called Me Margaret
When twelve-year-old Ben’s parents don’t come home from work one
day, he doesn’t know what to think—they’ve shown lack of
responsibility before, but nothing like this. Then when he discovers
the phone service had been cut off, he panics.
Ben’s six-year-old sister Lucy is more scared than he is, and she
clings to him for support. Both children are fearful of the police and
Child Protective Services and don’t want to end up in a foster home.
Ben considers going to the only neighbor he knows, but he doesn’t
trust that she won’t turn them over to the authorities.
Isolated from family and neighbors and viewing police and social
service workers as enemies, Ben and Lucy hide themselves away in
their home for several days before becoming desperate and
venturing out into the world. Their journey—fraught with obstacles
and people who may not have their best interests at heart—plays a
significant role in building Ben’s character and eventually determining
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