The US Holocaust Memorial Museum was kind enough to send me this picture. I love Stolen Secrets catchy cover and the book’s fabulous neighbors. I also love that more teens, and hopefully adults, will be able to find it. If you read it and liked it, please share your thoughts with the world, with Goodreads, with Amazon, with your next door neighbor. Not picky. #StolenSecretsBook
People like to talk about the main plot of Stolen Secrets–the Holocaust mystery with many twists–and I get that. It’s intriguing and, as it turns out, oddly prescient of what’s going on in our world today. But there are additional subplots that are important in this book. One that I am most proud of is the story of Livvy’s relationship with her grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimers. My stepfather died from Alzheimers–a vicious, unkind way to die. It steals whole memories and replaces them with skeletal remain, or even worse, hallucinations. Teens often find themselves faced with this horrible disease as their own grandparents age. I based Oma in part on my stepdad, but I also researched the disease so I could represent it as accurately as possible, while serving the overall plot. It was sad to write, and sad to remember, but I hope that teens who read Stolen Secrets will learn more about the disease. If they are already facing it with a family member, I hope they will find a sympathetic companion in Livvy.
Wow, been busy giving online interviews. I just posted them on the Stolen Secrets book page (right sidebar) if you want to learn more about the inspiration behind the book.
In other news, this week I get to attend the Children’s Author Reception at the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association conference. I can’t wait to meet the amazing people behind some of my favorite indie bookstores.
I’m very interested in speaking to book clubs, especially Jewish ones. I’ve been hearing that while this book is being categorized as a YA, it’s a crossover novel. It has adult POVs as well and a complex, high stakes plot that appeal to all ages. Write me if you are interested in an in-person or Skype visit.
Happy birthday, my dear book. It took a heckuva long time for you to get here, and I am so thrilled to see you. I really love you, and I hope the rest of the world does, too. Cheers.