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Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets

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There are secrets in every family, some that stay hidden for years, and some that bring peace only when brought out in the open. In this collection of 11 original short stories, top YA writers such as Chris Crutcher, Rita Williams-Garcia, M.E. Kerr, Graham Salisbury and Bruce Coville explore the many facets of family secrets some haunting, some funny, and some genuinely un ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Viking Books (first published June 1st 1998)
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Little.Miss Angel
Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The story I remember most was called "Bread Pudding" or something like that. It was this kid who said "In our family when something upsets us or we have a bad day, we make bread pudding."

Well this kid gets home from school, turns on the TV, on which is a special report about people protesting outside an abortion clinic. And the kid sees his mom and dad going into the clinic. So the kids goes into the kitchen and makes pudding.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Name: Sarah Fretz

Citation: Fraustino, L. R. (1998). Dirty laundry: stories about family secrets. New York: Viking.

Genre: Short Stories


Format: Hardcover

Selection: Scholastic Teachers and Publisher's Weekly

Dirty Laundry by Lisa Rowe Fraustino | (n.d.). Scholastic, Helping Children Around the World to Read and Learn | Retrieved April 8, 2013, from

Forecasts: Children's books. (1998). Publishers Weekly, 245(23), 61.

Tyler Wetzel
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
personal response: I likes this story lot, it tells a great story in just a couple of pages. I can't really connect to it since I've never been to a mental hospital or had a family member live in a mental hospital. I rated it 5 stars because even though I couldn't really connect I still really enjoyed the book.

plot summary: It all starts when Susie goes to school and there's a nurse in her class. The nurse is from a mental hospital and brought two patients to speak. one of them is deaf and the o
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fraustino did a good job of picking the short stories that revolved around the theme of secrets, and most of the time they were very surprising though I found some of them to be quite predictable. This book managed to lure me in with the intro in which the editor shared a secret about herself which gave the book more of a personal feel to it. Actually, I felt as if this whole book was relatable to some extent since everybody has had secrets that they have wanted to keep hidden but were exposed. ...more
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting collection of 11 short stories that all have to do with family secrets written for teens/young adults.
The theme is an interesting one. I liked the ones that focused on the obvious secrets a family can have - family members that are never talked about, personal histories that are really painful, etc., but I was really surprised by a couple of them which ended up being ghost stories - talk about skeletons in the attic! I enjoyed several of these stories, and had read other w
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Kathleen Brunnett
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
YA - stumbled upon this short story collection and the title grabbed me. Different fictional stories that highlights the fact we all have secrets we are hiding.
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Three and a half. Not four, but good.
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