Someone Was Watching


Albert Whitman & Company, 1993

It’s been three months since thirteen-year-old Chris Barton lost his little sister, Molly.

“Missing, presumed drowned” was what the papers said, and surely that is what everyone believes. One night, Chris views a video he made the day Molly was lost. There doesn’t seem to be anything unusual here: a rest stop, lunch by the river, a hungry squirrel, a familiar ice cream van. But the video harbors an awful secret. In the middle of the night, Chris Barton wakes from fitful sleep–and begins a journey filled with fear, doubt, and impossible hopes.

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Someone Was Watching was made into a feature film in 2002 (imdb.com, variety.com).


“Mystery lovers will delight in this suspenseful, realistic detective story …readers won’t be able to put it down.”  —Booklist

“Middle schoolers will love it.”  —School Library Journal

“Five-star suspense. Realistic.”  —Gayle Richardson, Special to The Seattle Times


  • 1995-1996 South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award
  • 1997-1998 Utah Children’s Book Award
  • 1995-1996 Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • 1997-1998 Young Hoosier Book Award
  • 1995-1996 Nebraska Golden Sower Young Adult Award Runner-Up
  • 1996 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (FL)
  • Runner-up for Rebecca Caudill Award (IL)
  • Best of the Texas Lone Star Reading Lists
  • 1997-1998 Iowa Teen Award Reading List