This post contains affiliate links. Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood was a tough read, mostly because it was based on a true story of an 11 year old girl who was kidnapped by a known pedophile. As the mom of an 11 year old girl, this book was heartbreaking.
About Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
Rust & Stardust tells the tale of Sally Horner, a young girl who desperately wants to make friends with a cliquey group of girls. They tell her she can join them if she steals something from Wolworth’s. She steals a notebook and is promptly apprehended by Frank LaSalle, who tells her he is an FBI agent. She doesn’t know he’s a serial child molestor who has just been released from prison.
Through trickery and Sally and her mother’s gullability, LaSalle soon has Sally and so begins a long odyssey for the two across the United States. Greenwood delves into the emotions and agony not only Sally feels, but also her mother and the conflicted feelings her sister experiences.
While the events in this book are based on the real-life 1948 kidnapping of Sally Horner, T. Greenwood makes clear she fictionalizes what happened to Sally during the years she is with LaSalle.
My Thoughts on the Book
This book is heart-wrenching to read. Often I had to put it aside for awhile because of the intense emotions I felt.
After reading the book, I searched the internet for details about the real case. It truly is heartbreaking. I was also saddened to learn that Sally Horner didn’t live much beyond a few years after she was kidnapped. What a sad life she had after the kidnapping!
I give Rust & Stardust 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.