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Notable selection in the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards
“An engaging coming-of-age novel…” – School Library Journal
Uncover STOLEN SECRETS, a New Novel by L.B. Schulman
Honesdale, Pennsylvania July 2017 – Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, is pleased to announce the September 2017 publication of STOLEN SECRETS, a compulsively readable novel for middle grade and young adult readers. Written by L.B. Schulman, STOLEN SECRETS is an intriguing mystery featuring a contemporary setting with a historical slant.
After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy is shocked to find that her mother has lied to her. Instead of looking for work at a bakery, her mom is taking care of Adelle, Livvy’s grandmother, who Livvy thought was long dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have taken place in a concentration camp. When Livvy and her new friend Franklin D. find journal entries from the Holocaust in Adelle’s home, Livvy begins to suspect that her grandmother may have a shocking link to a notable figure — Anne Frank.
“The author captures the desperate uncertainty of life with an alcoholic and having to parent a parent,” says School Library Journal. “Whip-smart Franklin has a uniquely drawn personality and his dialogue with Livvy sparkles… VERDICT: An engaging coming-of-age novel recommended for libraries looking to highlight issues of alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, and family estrangement.”
And School Library Connection says, “This is a well-written book that sympathetically examines the roles of Holocaust survivors on both sides of the war as well as guilt and forgiveness. The main and supporting characters are funny and engaging… a good addition to those who want to read more books with a Holocaust theme.”
Boyds Mills Press * Written by L.B. Schulman * September 19, 2017 * 978-1-62979-722-9 * $17.95 U.S. *$23.50 CAN Fiction * Ages 12 and up * Grades 7 and up * ebook 978-1-62979-919-3 * boydsmillspress.com * lbschulman.com