Secrets

Secrets

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by Marthe Jocelyn
     
 

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In all their permutations, these unforgettable stories explore one of the irresistible facets of human nature, the fact that everyone has a secret. Marthe Jocelyn has selected twelve stories
by several of the best authors in North America to explore the nature and the power of secrets. Sometimes secrets can be downright funny – how would you like to be the

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In all their permutations, these unforgettable stories explore one of the irresistible facets of human nature, the fact that everyone has a secret. Marthe Jocelyn has selected twelve stories
by several of the best authors in North America to explore the nature and the power of secrets. Sometimes secrets can be downright funny – how would you like to be the front person for your fake, clairvoyant mother? Secrets can also be scary – if you are pretending that your father is dead so you don’t have to introduce him to your teacher. And sometimes secrets can break your heart, and heal it – when they have to do with the ties that bind generations together.

Contributors include Susan Adach, Anne Carter, Gillian Chan, Nancy Hartry, Marthe Jocelyn, Julie Johnston, Dayal Kaur Khalsa, Loris Lesynski, Anne Gray Sarndal, Martha Slaughter, Teresa Toten, and Elizabeth Winthrop.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Marthe Jocelyn gathers a dozen stories about Secrets, in all their diversity-from shameful secrets, such as "Father's Day" by Teresa Toten, in which a girl pretends that her alcoholic father is dead, to practiced deception, as in Jocelyn's "How It Happened in Peach Hill," narrated by a girl who pretends to be "daft" in order to gather gossip for her "clairvoyant" mother. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Secrets. Everybody has them. And everybody likes to hear them. Yet, they would not be secrets if they were widely known, so most people do not tell their secrets. And if they do, then they only tell them to people they feel they can trust not tell them to others. This book contains twelve short stories, each dealing in one way or another with a secret. Some are big secrets, some small. Some are scary, some funny. Some will break your heart and others will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. But no matter what the secret is, they are all written in such a way that the reader comes away feeling like a special confidante, trusted by the author to keep her secret safe. A nice addition to the book is the "Meet the Authors" section in the back. Here, in one paragraph each author is introduced. In addition to the typical biography information, each author has listed one of her favorite books. This glimpse into the authors' reading personalities helps strengthen that personal bond between author and reader even more. In their stories, the authors share their secrets. Now they are sharing a bit of themselves. Appealing primarily to middle-school-age girls, this book would be great for students who like to read in chunks. Ten to fifteen minutes is just enough time to read one complete story. 2005, Tundra Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Many secrets are revealed in this collection of 12 unforgettable short stories. In Gillian Chan's "Dream Girls," Ella, 10, is happy to be everything Sonia is not-a tomboy who loves playing outdoors, getting dirty, and having fun. Her mother always compares her to her friend's daughter, but when Sonia comes for a visit, she is well-mannered with the adults but mean and spiteful to Ella. In Jocelyn's "How It Happened in Peach Hill," deceit runs in the family. To drum up business for Mama, a pseudo-clairvoyant, her daughter hangs around town, appearing to be mentally challenged while gathering gossip. But when Mama goes too far with a psychic performance on a rich widower, the lies take a different direction. In Teresa Toten's "Father's Day," Katie fakes her drunk and abusive father's death to avoid the annual father's day activities at school. Other contributors include Susan Adach, Anne Laurel Carter, Nancy Hartry, Julie Johnston, Dayal Kaur Khalsa, Loris Lesynski, Anne Gray, Martha Slaughter, and Elizabeth Winthrop. Readers will enjoy these tales of life, love, and liberation.-Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770490345
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
06/05/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. She has written five novels, including the critically acclaimed works of historical fiction, Mable Riley and Earthly Astonishments. Marthe has also written a nonfiction account of the Foundling Hospital in London, England, entitled, A Home for Foundlings.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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