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Amy Cloud at Aladdin has bought North American rights to Jennifer Camiccia's middle grade debut, The Memory Keeper. When 12-year-old Lulu Carter develops a photographic memory at the same time her beloved Gram begins to lose hers, she blames herself. Lulu becomes obsessed with a finding that posits that memory loss can be attributed to an unaddressed trauma, and goes about ...more
Published 2019 by Aladdin
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Naomi Milliner
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful, heartfelt MG debut by Jennifer Camiccia is as luminous as its cover. At its center is the always heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking, relationship between the young heroine and her beloved grandmother. It will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Kathy Iwanicki
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very sweet story of a girl and her grandmother. Lulu remembers everything while her grandmother is beginning to forget things. Interwoven brilliantly in this story is information about the brain and how it works. Very clever! This book will make an awesome addition to a classroom library.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lulu lives with her parents, younger brother Clay, and grandmother Sue in San Francisco. Family life has been rough since the death of a toddler sister when Lulu was three, but her grandmother's presence has been a stabilizing one, and the grandmother is the only one Lulu has told about her secret. Lulu has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, and can remember every detail of her entire life. She has mentioned specific facts about events in the past to
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Gail Shepherd
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This touching story of a girl's quest to learn the truth of her grandmother's mysterious origins will be beloved by middle grade readers, and is particularly good for STEM tie-ins. Lula has HSAM, or Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, which means she can remember every day of her life in striking detail. Meanwhile, her grandmother appears to be losing her own memory, perhaps because she is suppressing an early trauma. Lulu's spunkiness and grit shine in this engaging debut novel, as she nav ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Memory Keeper
by Jennifer Camiccia

Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing

Aladdin

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 15 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Memory Keeper through Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Publication/Aladdin and Netgalley!

Lulu Carter is different from other girls her age she has a rare condition called HSAM which means she remembers most all the details of her life, but it does not bring her popularity
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Rebecca
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memory Keeper is a wonderful novel about a young girl with an incredible memory. Lulu, the main character, is dealing with a grandmother who is battling Alzheimer's as well as parents who seem to have forgotten about her. As an adult reading this book, I struggled with the parents' treatment of Lulu and her brother. It definitely bordered on neglectful. However, the rest of the book was wonderful. The intrigue as Lulu and her friends try to uncover the truth about Lulu's grandmother's past k ...more
Kathleen Guinnane
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school
Lulu can remember everything that's ever happened to her. Her memory is perfect. Unfortunately, her grandmother is beginning to forget things. Lulu is covering for her because Gram is the one person Lulu knows she can rely on and she doesn't want her parents to put Gram into a nursing home. In covering for her Gram, Lulu uncovers a secret. Her Gram is from Russia, not France, which is the story her dad and she had been told. Why had Gram lied about this? Lulu's friends believe Gram might be a sp ...more
Kathleen Guinnane
Lulu can remember everything that's ever happened to her. Her memory is perfect. Unfortunately, her grandmother is beginning to forget things. Lulu is covering for her because Gram is the one person Lulu knows she can rely on and she doesn't want her parents to put Gram into a nursing home. In covering for her Gram, Lulu uncovers a secret. Her Gram is from Russia, not France, which is the story her dad and she had been told. Why had Gram lied about this? Lulu's friends believe Gram might be a sp ...more
Barbra
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
We follow Lulu as she navigates her HSAM: the ability to remember every single moment in her life. With each new chapter we learn about the different parts of the brain. As Lulu struggles to keep her memories a secret, she notices her beloved Grandma is loosing hers. In an effort to find a cure, she uncovers her Grandmother’s painful past. This story of family and friendship will touch the hearts of readers aged nine to 12.
Amelia
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional journey this was! It was so heartfelt and deep and I absolutely loved it. I used to have an incredibly detailed memory and have since started to lose my ability to remember anything and I also have seen people that I love deal with Alzheimers. This book was the perfect balance of lighthearted and informative with the depth and emotion that was needed to show how things like Alzheimers and post-partum depression can hurts families so deeply. I highly recommend.
Dana Middleton
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to get an advanced copy of THE MEMORY KEEPER by Jennifer Camiccia, and once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The book is about the brain and memory on the surface, but it's really about keeping the connection to those we love. As Lulu's devoted gram loses her memory, Lulu delves into her grandmother's past and discovers that things aren't what they seem. Completely absorbing. Highly recommend.
Kathy Iwanicki
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet story of a girl and her grandmother. Lulu remembers everything while her grandmother is beginning to forget things. Interwoven brilliantly in this story is information about the brain and how it works. Very clever! This book will make an awesome addition to a classroom library.
Catelyns705
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 11-12-s
This was a really great book! It talks about family, friendship and mysteries. It's about true friendship and family and what you can do when you put your mind to it.
Lisa Schmid
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel19s
The Memory Keeper is a beautifully written debut novel, with a dash of STEM woven throughout the narrative. I love the relationship between the main character Lulu, who has HSAM, or Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory and her grandmother, who has Alzheimer's. The juxtaposition makes for the perfect story. It should be in the hands of every middle-grade reader.
Afoma Umesi
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Memory Keeper is an engaging middle-grade debut from Jennifer Camiccia. This novel features a character with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, a grandparent dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s, and a parent recovering from depression. Yet, it manages not to be a downer. With an impressively woven mystery and a trio of adventurous, smart kids, this book is a thrilling read.

I’d highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves science, mysteries, and stories about strong bonds bet
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Kimberly Gabriel
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book and read through it in a couple days. Camiccia's style of writing is smooth and engaging, and the story itself captured me quickly. Lulu and her grandmother have a tight bond and deep understanding of each other. Lulu has HSAM, which is the ability to remember almost every detail in her life. With her parents often absent, Gram is the center of Lulu's world and happiness
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Kelly Coon
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What if you could never forget? What if someone you loved could never remember? Camiccia’s story tackles those questions with grace and gives us a hero in Lulu Carter we can root for. She’s brave, devoted, curious and smart as a whip and shoulders more burdens than her 12yo self really should. This STEM-focused story is a MUST for middle school classrooms as it will have both teachers and students learning the limitations and astonishing capabilities of the brain in a story that’s 100% heart.
Laura Namey
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this poignant, emotional mg debut. The front matter bits about the brain worked perfectly with the story and the mystery unfolded in a meaningful way. Rich characters, wonderful lessons, and spectacular prose— a win!
Lucas Camiccia
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have read in my whole life. Everyone should buy this book.
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