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September 19, 2017
Boyds Mills Press
After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy discovers a grandmother who she believed was 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.
Praise for Stolen Secrets
“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 solid mystery with family drama and teen angst. Livvy is a likable character who is smart and perceptive at times, yet, like most teens, naive and clueless at others. The novel is easy to read and would be a good companion read for students reading Anne Frank’s diary. Stolen Secrets will need some hand-selling to teens, but once they pick it up they will not be disappointed.” ―VOYA
“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.” ―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 intrigues…” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Hmmm... Stolen Secrets is a complex coming-of-age story of a young girl learning more about her family history and the secrets that filled it. There was so many layers within the story that made this a compelling mystery to solve. L.B. Shulman weaved an intricate story with a balance of drama, romance, mystery, history, and teen-age angst. The twists in the story is so compelling making this a riveting page-turner.
With the intricate character development and world-building, the story drew me into the mystery of who Livvy's grandmother really is. I even got all caught up into solving the mystery...haha! And.. Wow! This is definitely worth the read! Plus, there is an Author Note that everyone that reads this should read. It is apparent in her writing that she took great care in researching the history of Anne Frank when she wrote this. L.B. Schulman take great care in being accurate with history while intertwining it into her fictional story.
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