Rosemary Well’s When No One Was Looking: AmbitionRosemary Well’s When No One Was Looking is a suspenseful story of agirl’s ambition, friendship, and love of tennis, that takes her to the top.
Although she is not beautiful, rich, or good in school, fourteen year old KathyBardy has a natural talent for tennis. One day, Kathy loses a match againstRuth Gumm that should have been simple for her. The next day Kathy finds outthat Ruth is dead. Although Julia, Oliver, and Kathy’s parents try to comforther, Kathy feels guilty for wishing Ruth was dead the other night. Because ofRuth’s death, Kathy has problems concentrating, and she starts lazing off.
Kathy’s will, spirit, and love from her friends takes her to the New Englandchampionships.Kathy loves tennis. She finally finds something that she is good at,and practically makes her into a celebrity. Kathy is told by many people,including Marty her tennis instructor, that she has got what it takes to makeit to the top. When Kathy plays against Ruth, she becomes annoyed because itshould have been a simple match.
When she finds out ruth is dead, people accuseKathy of it, and kathy even blames herself. Kathy proves she was at the ballgame the night of the murder. She regains her confidence, and works her way upto the top.Julia and Kathy have been best friends since they were in first grade.Because of Julia’s wealth, she is different, and is treated just that way.Kathy would defend her when she used to get picked on.
Since then, Kathy andJulia are inseparable. They have such a good relationship, that they would doanything to stop the other from getting hurt.Ruth Gumm has no special talent when it comes to tennis, she is justokay at the sport. When Kathy competes with her, she expects it will be a snap,but she actually loses. Annoyed by the match, Kathy wishes Ruth was dead. Thenext day, she finds out Ruth was drowned in the pool.
Some suspect Kathy of themurder, and because of some clay (that appeared to be from a tennis court)foundon the floor surrounding the pool, investigations are done. It turns out theclay is molding clay, and Kathy proves she was at the game. Finally, after harddetective work by Kathy, she discovers that Julia put extra chlorine in thepool to distort Ruth’s vision.
Kathy doesn’t tell Julia that she knows, but shesympathizes with Julia and tries to imagine the guilt Julia must be feeling.After a while, the murder case is forgotten, but Julia and Kathy’s friendshipis not.The mystery When No One Was Looking is proof that where there is a willto accomplish something, talent to do it with, and the help of the ones wholove you, you can conquer the world.