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Secrets
     

Secrets

by Karen Tayleur, Brann Garvey (Illustrator)
 

David Mortimore Baxter becomes famous for being good at keeping secrets. Big secrets. More and more people confide in him, until David's ready to explode. How can he keep so many secrets, when he knows that blabbing them out loud might actually help his family and friends?

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David Mortimore Baxter becomes famous for being good at keeping secrets. Big secrets. More and more people confide in him, until David's ready to explode. How can he keep so many secrets, when he knows that blabbing them out loud might actually help his family and friends?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
From the "David Mortimer Baxter" series, here is David's personal account of his problem with secrets. Categorized as "Realistic Fiction," the chapter book presents a story derived from embellished facts of the author's father's childhood. It is not that David cannot keep secrets—it's that he's too good at it, a talent that backfires on him. It all begins with his friend, a famous wrestler named Smashing Smorgan, telling him in confidence that he's going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. David actually forgets about this fact. When it's announced on T.V. and Smorgan publicly thanks David for keeping the secret, David is suddenly "famous"—at least, among his friends, family, and other acquaintances. People now feel they can unburden themselves by telling David their secrets until he accumulates seven of them! Ready to burst, he dumps these into his diary, in code, which his sister Zoe reads in public through a fluke. Actually, David learns that some secrets should be told. The story gives a full picture of his relationships, both pleasant and not so pleasant, all of which should interest the elementary-school-age reader. There are discussion questions and writing prompts to help the reader think about the ideas raised in the book. There are illustrations in the margins of nearly every page that give the book character. Also, the typeset is varied to emphasize words and phrases. Included are a table of contents, glossary, Internet site reference, and advertisement for other David Baxter books.
School Library Journal

Gr 3–6
In the first of these humorous stories, David describes his family, friends, teachers, etc., and shares his best excuses for getting out of work at home and at school. The book is full of subheadings and handy tips. Secrets! is the stronger title. A famous wrestler shares an important secret with Davey and asks him not to tell. When the athlete accepts the Hall of Fame award (the secret) on national television, he acknowledges the trust he has in his friend. After the boy's 15 minutes of fame, life gets crazy. A student inadvertently downloads an image on the class computer and upsets the teacher, the whole class gets punished, and the guilty student confesses to David. Others also confide in him, and he is miserable. Numerous spot illustrations appear on the endpapers and throughout the pages; ink blots serve as chapter breaks. The texts are full of font changes and extra spacing. The glossaries and Web sites aren't especially useful; discussion questions and writing prompts are included. Billed as high-interest realistic fiction, these books will appeal to their target audiences.
—Debbie WhitbeckCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598890778
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
This Land is Your Land Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

When Karen Tayleur was growing up, her father told her many stories about his own childhood. These stories continued to grow. She says, "I always enjoyed the retelling, and wanted to create a character who had the same abilities with 'bending the truth.' " And David Mortimore Baxter was born! Karen lives in Australia with her husband, two children, two cats, and one dog.

Brann Garvey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Keegan, their dog, Lola, and their very fat cat, Iggy. Brann graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He later attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration. In his free time, Brann enjoys being with his family and friends. He brings his sketchbook everywhere he goes.

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