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Secrets Destroy You.
The Truth Sets You Free.

What is the most dangerous secret of all? For fifteen-year-old Dany, is it the shame that his once-vital mother now suffers mutely from “the staring sickness?” Or is it that Count Pol, the corrupt absolute ruler of Western Gottika, may be scouting the city clandestinely for teenage girls to kidnap and ravish? Could the worst secr
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Dancing Cat Books
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Nessie
Oct 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. I liked the combination of pictures and prose. Might be a bit confusing for kids, particularly the plot twist at the end, but good for broaching the topics of life, humanity, self-hatred, forgiveness, and right and wrong.
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Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on www.lostinagreatbook.com

Writing about sensitive subjects for kids can be tough. If you are too sombre, you run the risk of turning off your reader. Too flip, and you invite accusations of irreverence. With Gottika, Helaine Becker ably blends a futuristic science fiction version of the persecution of Jewish people during the war with legend and folklore, breaking down some difficult topics with sensitivity and understanding.

There's something for every reader in Becker'
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Helaine Becker has written over 70 books, including the #1 National bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree,and its sequel, Dashing through the Snow, Sloth at the Zoom, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, the Looney Bay All-Stars chapter book series, non-fiction including Counting on Katherine, Worms for Breakfast and Zoobots (all Junior Library Guild Selections), Monster Science, You Can Read, Lines Bars a ...more

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