53rd out of 83 books — 10 voters
The Truth about Mary Rose
Mary Rose Ramirez, daughter of Veronica Ganz, is named after her aunt, who died in a fire many years ago. Her aunt was a great hero – she saved the lives of everyone in her apartment building. At least, that’s what Mary Rose thinks until she finds a box of odds and ends her aunt had treasured, and overhears some conversation she shouldn’t.
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published February 1st 1973 by Doubleday Books
(first published 1973)
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An beautifully-written follow up to the Peter and Veronica books--former-bully Veronica is now a grown woman with children of her own, including Mary Rose, a daughter named for her late sister. (Fans will remember the whiny Mary Rose from the Veronica books.) Little sniveling brother Stanley is a fine man and father. Young Mary Rose worships the long-dead aunt for whom she was named, but the truth about Veronica and Stanley's sister will shake the entire family. A moving and memorable children's...more
Was absolutely obsessed with this book as a child. Haunting - a little girl dies in a house fire and becomes saintly in the eyes of her family and in particular her cousin and namesake who worships her memory. When she discovers the dead girl's treasure box, it is a Pandora's box, exposing Mary Rose as selfish and cruel.