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The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club by Catherine Stier
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Jan 17, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: middle-school, realistic-fiction, psc, tweens
Recommended for: tweens/middle school reluctant readers
Read in December, 2009

The Terrible Secrets is a formulaic 5th grade relationship (friendship/ boy-girl) novel that will nonetheless appeal to some readers. When Kiley hatches a plot to start a Tell-All club to find out if the boy she likes likes her in return, she precipitates a series of misunderstandings that illustrate how one person’s actions can be misconstrued by another. Each chapter opens with a “Tell-All” question, like “What’s your favorite color?” or, her eventual goal, “Who do you like?” While the novel’s writing is unexceptional and the dialogue wooden, the story’s shifting point of view makes it ring emotionally true. A good choice for reluctant readers.

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