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A Terrible Secret
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A Terrible Secret

By Ginette Anfousse, Translated by Jennifer Hutchison

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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On the only morning of the year that Maggie Alexander sat down to breakfast with her mother, her father and her brother, she wanted to run away. Run away from her house, from her family, from Montreal, everything.

A year ago today, Maggie's younger brother was struck and killed in a hit-and-run. To make matters worse she's starting a new year at school and her friend Chloe is acting very strangely. But worst of all, Maggie has a secret--a secret she can't tell anyone, and that threatens to tear her life, and her family's lives, apart.

Set against the gritty background of inner-city Montreal, A Terrible Secret is suspenseful story about a young woman who can't escape her past. [Fry Reading Level - 5.6

"This young-adult novel is easy to read and has an intense emotional appeal. Recommended."

- Deborah Dowson Canadian Book Review Annual

"Troubling, endearing, touched with suspense, this book will be read straight through at once..."

- Le Journal de Montreal

"A Terrible Secret is a brief, intense look at a girl who has walled herself off from the people around her. The mystery keeps the pages turning, and the characters, especially Maggie, keep readers involved."

- School Library Journal

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 112 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9781550287042
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 108 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9781550287059
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Previous Editions: (show)
Publication Date: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552775929
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039050, JUV039140
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18


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