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The Poetry of Secrets

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys and Elizabeth Wein, this lyrical portrait of hidden identities and forbidden love is set against the harrowing backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition.

Isabel Perez carries secrets with her every day.

As a young woman in 1481, Trujillo, Spain, Isabel should be overjoyed that the alguacil of the city wants to marry her. She is supposed to be flatt
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Scholastic Press
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Celia McMahon
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming for the book tour ;)
Rivalie
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Heidi Haddad
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fiction, historical fiction, women's issues, romance genre lovers
Recommended to Heidi by: Friend
One of my favorite books of the year! I am in emotional heaven. This is such a wonderfully evocative and poignant recount of such a dark period in human history. It’s heart-breaking, it’s romantic, and it’s so very very exciting. Filled with intricate and beautiful characters, historical intrigue, and a thrilling forbidden romance. Gordon has brought history to life amongst these pages. I LOVED Isabel. I felt so much for her struggles, her dreams and desires. It was like I knew her and throughou ...more
Kate Waggoner
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to @Scholasticinc for sharing an advance copy of The Poetry of Secrets by Cambria Gordon with the #KidLitExchange Network. This YA historical fiction novel will be published on 2/2/21. All opinions are my own.

It is 1481 and the Inquisition has reached Trujillo, Spain. Isabel Perez and her family are conversos, Jews forced to convert to Catholicism. They have been baptized and attend church, but secretly carrying on their Jewish traditions at home which is now more danger
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Miriam
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Set in 1481 Spain at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, this book is written for 12 year-olds (grade 7) and up. It's a love story, a tale of friendship and disappointment, and fiction set in Trujillo as Torquemada leads the church toward intolerance. This period in Spain is full of intolerance particularly against Jewish converts to Christianity who are still practicing Jewish rituals and rites. It's also a period of persecution of Muslims who have converted. Scenes of the Auto-de-fe and tor ...more
Dina E
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Poetry of Secrets was so thought provoking and I loved it! It was such an emotional rollercoaster and there was such a good discussion on faith.

It follows the story of Isabel, a young woman from a family of conversos, Jews forced to convert to Catholicism. Isabel was such a relatable character and I really enjoyed her growth. I loved the character depth in this story, especially the family dynamics. There was a lot of growth throughout the novel and it had a very consistent pace.

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Ivy Brooks
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Poetry of Secrets is lyrical historical romance, that was beautifully written and a pleasure to read. I loved reading Isabel's journey, and that the author chose to write about a time period not commonly seen in the YA genre. I can’t imagine how much research went into this novel but it definitely paid off!

Although it was beautifully written and the story interesting, it did take me a few chapters to get truly interested in the story but I am glad I stuck with it. That being said, I do think
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Oishani Sarkar
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's a thought provoking book with emotional rollercoaster involving various religious elements. The story revolves around Isabel , a young women from a family of conversos , Jews forced to convert to Catholicism. Story is explained in detail. Character development is great. Fast paced. Lucid writing style. Overall liked the book!! Recommended to the fans of Ruta Sepetys and Elizabeth Wein and also who loves reading a book with
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