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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nobody's Secret

General YA Fiction
F/A  MacColl, Michaela.  Nobody’s Secret.  Chronicle Books, 2013.  248p.  978-1-4521-0860-5.  16.99.
When a nameless, but handsome stranger turns up dead in the Dickinson’s pond, Emily decides to take it upon herself to figure out who he was and why he ended up on their property. While figuring out the man’s untimely death, she discovers town secrets and gets herself in a little trouble too. Although each chapter’s title is a line or two from Emily Dickinson’s poetry, there is no other connection between the story and the famous poet. The girl in the story could have been any well-connected teenager in 1845 Massachusetts. Otherwise it’s a nice little mystery that isn’t overly complicated for the average teen reader. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve

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