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The Secret of Me: a Novel in Verse (Lizzie McLane #1)

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A vivid, heartfelt tale of a teenager's poetic quest to discover her place within her adoptive family and within the wider world.
Being adopted is a fact of life in the McLane household: fourteen-year-old Lizzie, as well as her older brother and sister were adopted as infants. But dry facts rarely encompass feelings, and what it feels like to be adopted is something Lizzie
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Persea Books
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What I liked about this book was the variety of poetic forms that the author used in this novel in verse, and the fact that she explained what they were at the end of the book. The story is about a 14-year-old girl whose adoptive family does not encourage talk about adoption and birthparents. The girl, Lizzie, is of the age where she wonders about her birthmother and her true ethnic lineage. However, she's not encouraged to talk about it at home and is afraid to talk about it with anyone else ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
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Lizzie McLane was adopted as an infant, along with her older brother and sister. While their adoptions aren't necessarily taboo subjects at home, Lizzie has yet to admit to the outside world that she's adopted. As her desire to find her birthmother increases, she discovers a tension between being loyal to her adopted parents and wanting to know more about her birthmom, her genes, and why she was given up in the first place. She must decide if she will confront her past or keep avio
Mar 20, 2009 bjneary rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it took me so long to read because I didn't like the cover (still don't)and kept choosing others with nicer covers over this one. This novel in verse tugs at your heart. Lizzie is a young teen who is adopted and has a wonderful family (with 2 other adopted siblings)but wants to know more about her birth mother. She also has 2 friends who are adopted so you get to see many thoughts and feelings depending on who Lizzie is interacting with. The author includes an ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
The struggles Lizzie McLane faces are not those of the average teenager. Lizzie is adopted, but only her family (her brother and sister are adopted) and her closest friends (who are also adopted) know her secret. That is until Lizzie realizes that her 'secret' isn't as horrible as she believes.

This is a fantastic novel about coping with adoption and explores the fear and desire to contact a birthmother. Lizzie's sister and her friends offer wonderful support and advice--both about her secret and
This brief novel in verse is semi-autobiographical, and it shows. It's a perspective on adoption I don't think I've seen before, but then I don't read much adoption centered fiction. The main character, like the author, was adopted as a baby. She loves her adoptive family, wants to know more about her biological family, and feels conflicted and disloyal about that desire. Is this common? I don't know, but it makes sense to me if it is, because all of the emotions made sense in this book.
Apr 04, 2015 Kellylou rated it really liked it
A semi-autobiographical collection of free verse and formal poetry. The Secret of Me tells the story of 14-year-old Lizzie as she wrestles with her feelings about being adopted while also balancing the typical teenage angst over schoolwork, friends, and boys. I very much enjoyed seeing adoption through this perspective and imagine this book to be a great addition to any preteen/teen classroom library.
May 24, 2013 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
The subtitle to this book is A Novel in Poems. The poems are written by the main character, a young girl who is coming to terms with being adopted. It would make an excellent gift for any child concerned about the issue. I liked the extra touches: a section of the girl's favorite poems by famous authors and a short essay about adoption in general.
Wendy Kuzma
Aug 29, 2012 Wendy Kuzma rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
The entire story was told through various types of poems. This book deals with adoption from the perspective of an adopted child wanting to find out about her birth parents.
Aug 09, 2011 jmjester rated it really liked it
A young girl struggles to know who she really is in the novel in verse about the complications of adoption for all involved.
Jun 07, 2009 Michele rated it really liked it
This novel in verse is a quick read that tells the story of adopted fourteen year old Lizzie and her questions of vlaue, validity, and origin.
Sep 27, 2011 Michaila rated it it was amazing
it was a good book it was in the poem format it was really cool
Hannah Goodman
Dec 29, 2009 Hannah Goodman rated it it was amazing
The brevity of words with the hugeness of story. One of the best stories about being adopted.
Jun 01, 2010 April-lyn rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I found this on my boyfriend's bed-stand when he was borrowing it from the library, and since he was busy doing some work on his computer, I started reading it. What instantly struck me was how so many of the feelings and thoughts I've experienced as an adopted child, and that I've never been able to truly share with anyone else, even my few adopted friends, were THERE. It was like I was reading my own thoughts, except that I didn't write it. They're not even things I necessarily thing about ...more
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it liked it
Told in verse, this is the story of a teen adoptee struggling with identity issues and desperately desiring to know more about her family of origin. Her dad is open to discussing this with her, but Lizzie doesn't know where to start. She knows her mother is very uncomfortable with the subject. Lizzie is the youngest of three adopted children in her family, and her two older siblings advise her not to risk hurting her mother's feelings by bringing up the issue. Fortunately Lizzie has several ...more
Janelle Fila
Jan 24, 2016 Janelle Fila rated it liked it
Shelves: mg, ya, novel-in-verse
This is a sweet book about the topic of adoption and I think would be a very nice read for anyone dealing with these issues. Personally, I didn't quite understand why it was such a "secret" and I keep waiting for another (more juicy) secret to happen. The main character is 14 and this almost felt like a middle grade book to me. Nice and sweet, without any of the darker elements I like to see in YA books. But it was a nice read.
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Aly Miller
lizzie was adopted along with her brother and sister and they where adopted when they where infants!
Lizzie finally told her friends because they each shared a really deep dark secret and that was hers! she wants to tell more people but her adopted parents don't want her to tell anyone beacuse they don't want people treating and looking at her different! but lizzie is dating this boy now and he doesn't want any secrets between them! but she just can't tell him and she really wants to!
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