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The Secret Apartment

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  85 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Jillian’s life is changing and she’s not happy about it. First of all, her mother got remarried and they moved from their house in Pennsylvania to her new stepfather’s apartment in New York City. Second, her new stepfather has a daughter, which means Jillian now has a stepsister. An evil teenage stepsister who talks on the phone all the time and has a stupi ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Yearling (first published October 25th 2005)
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Sep 19, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it
I loved the comedy and reality of this short, easy attention-keeping book. It is still fun to read though I have many times before. It is a very cute, funny story.
Nov 26, 2015 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 29, 2011 Teri Gorleski rated it liked it
I thought this book was great becuase it has a good ending , the author decribes the characters very well.
In this book Jillan moves from her old state to the big apple city " Newyork". They move in with Jillans mom boyfriend ,which has a 13 year old daughter named Marillea. The promblem is Marrliea doesn't like Jillan until she actully gets to know her , and learn more about her. It turns out they had a lot in commom. Both of there parents ( one dad one mom ) died. At the end they became very
Oct 25, 2014 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book is about a girl who's father died. She has just moved to New York City, and finds herself solving a kidnaping.
Nov 02, 2014 Jaimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, much to my surprise!
very sweet. very cute.
Jun 29, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
this book is about a girl named Jillian. Everything has changed for Jillian ever since her mother got remarried and moved from Pennsylvania to New York City. Not only does Jillian have an evil stepsister,she has to share a room with her! Jillian got a break when a neighbour asked her to cat sit for her. Her neighbour's house is full of interesing things and very soon, Jillian found herself in a little adventure.
Dec 17, 2010 Ploy rated it liked it
The reason I picked up this book was because the idea of looking out your apartment window into others' windows attracted me. It turned out okay. Three stars for some funny or original ideas, but I didn't like the part about the divorced parents and step-siblings.
I book-talked this to sixth graders and they were all really intrigued by the hook of "this boy in a window across the street who may or may not have been kidnapped." The drawings on the cover got some giggles, too. Predictable yet cute story.
Possibly the best book ever. I read it when I was about 8.
Many years later, I still laugh so hard every time the cheese man comes to mind.
Funny at its best <3
Caitlin Cardenas
Jun 12, 2013 Caitlin Cardenas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I read this book back in 6th grade I think and I remember loving it! I do want to re-read it though just to refresh my memory of it
Erin O.
Jul 17, 2011 Erin O. rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-ya-fiction
I read this book because I liked the cover, but it was not worth it. The only thing it has going for it is that it is set in New York.
Jun 14, 2009 'Chele rated it it was amazing
Mom & daughter move to NY City with stepdad & stepsister. Great plot, really deals with what blended families go through.
Nov 25, 2012 Emilee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret Apartment was a creative and funny fast-paced book. It's well written and really interesting. I loved it!
Feb 23, 2010 Molly rated it really liked it
Really good book!! It is about a boy who has been kidnapped!! Rockin awesome!!! REMINDS ME OF MARY!!
May 19, 2008 Emelia rated it really liked it
Got this book for Christmas a while back, it's pretty good, awesome character devolpment.
Katia Hise
Oct 10, 2009 Katia Hise rated it liked it
It is OK. It is not really my favorite type of book.
This was a very good book loved it!
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Natalie Fast sketches, likes cake, hates cheese, and has survived camp. The author lives in New York City, but not, however, in the Dakota.
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