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Holly's Secret

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  66 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A new town and new classmates, but the same family -- with two moms
"Dear Diary, "
."..Until today I was Holly Lawrence-Jones. But starting tomorrow I'm going to be Yvette Lawrence-Jones. My family doesn't know that yet, but I'll tell them tomorrow, and that's the name I'll tell the people at school, too. Yvette's going to be sophisticated and grownup-feminine enough to hav
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published September 25th 2000 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
Holly is a 12-year-old girl. She has just moved to a new town with her mother and her female partner. KJ is her mother's partner; Will is her nine-year-old brother.

Holly is going to secretly change her name to Yvette, part of a Plan to keep other children from finding out that both her parents are women.

It's quickly obvious that Holly has been teased and worse by other students because of her mother living with another woman. Holly is almost 12. Her mother is a lawyer, and KJ is a nurse. Both H
May 11, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: 4-quiltbag
Story-wise, this is very similar to Garden's picture book, Molly's Family. Each centers around a young girl (Molly is in kindergarten, Holly is in middle school) with two moms who wants to hide her non-traditional family from her classmates after her family make-up is ridiculed. In the end, both children accept that they need not hide or be ashamed of having two mothers.

In an interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, Garden explained that her inspiration came from the problems experienced by the ch
Mar 30, 2007 Brandy rated it did not like it
A seventh-grade girl has just moved to a new school and takes the opportunity to reinvent herself—including pretending she doesn’t have two moms. But how to keep up the charade? And both moms are hurt when Holly pretends one is just an aunt. It was good enough, I guess, but I’m having a really hard time reconciling this (frankly) kind of bland, weakly-written novel (published in 2000) with the wonderful Annie on My Mind from almost 20 years earlier. Annie had so much heart to it, with sharp writ ...more
John Egbert
Apr 04, 2011 John Egbert rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Children under 10
Average story. Girl is afraid she won't make friends because of her two moms, so she lies about herself and her family. Eventually she ends up figuring out who her real friends are when she tells the truth. A plot used over and over in middle grade -- I'm hardly impressed. Although I do appreciate the fact that this matter is being addressed without it being made into such a HUGE deal that this girl has two moms. Also, I'm glad that this girl is more than a stickfigure -- she has doubts and flaw ...more
Mrs. Nobile
May 13, 2011 Mrs. Nobile rated it really liked it
I like this story about a young girl who moves to a new town and decides to create a new life for herself which includes a new name, a new personality, and a new set of parents. Holly learn, with the help from her two moms that lying doesn't work and not being true to oneself is no way to live
Mar 20, 2016 Sharmee rated it really liked it
My 14 year old cousin made me read this book. It is a young adult book about a child in middle school who has two moms and the lies she tells to cover it up, so not to be teased at school.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
An interesting story of a girl whose secret is that her parents are two women.
May 11, 2012 Soapykitty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
I thought this was a really good book and I'm almost 19!
Aug 18, 2008 Sydney rated it it was amazing
This book was rele good
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A versatile writer, Nancy Garden has published books for children as well as for teens, nonfiction as well as fiction. But her novel Annie on My Mind, the story of two high school girls who fall in love with each other, has brought her more attention than she wanted when it was burned in front of the Kansas City School Board building in 1993 and banned from school library shelves in Olathe, Kansas ...more
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