Publisher: Boyds Mills Press 9/19/17
Sixteen-year-old Livvy Newman discovers a grandmother she thought was dead when her mother moves the family across country to San Francisco. But could the old woman, suffering from Alzheimer’s, possess the unpublished concentration camp diary of Holocaust victim, Anne Frank? Determined to find answers, Livvy unravels secrets that may extend far beyond her fragile family.
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- “The author captures the desperate uncertainty of life with an alcoholic and having to parent a parent. 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.” ~ School Library Journal
“Stolen Secrets is a frank and provocative novel about the consequences of secrets and lies. Part coming of age, part mystery, Livvy’s quest for the truth will make you think about family and forgiveness long after its unforgettable ending.” ~ Sarah Aronson, Author“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. Recommended.” ~ Laurie Balderson, School Library Connection“A…contemporary story with a Holocaust secret at its core….a jam-packed narrative with a full complement of tropes and topical elements: new girl; friend issues; alcoholism; family secrets, neo-Nazis; predatory elder care; armed robbery—and a romance. The grandmother’s mysterious past (is she Anne Frank? A Nazi?) intrigues…” ~ Kirkus Reviews
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