Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rules for Secret Keeping

Rules for Secret Keeping by Lauren Barnholdt (NY: Aladdin, 2010).

Samantha Carmichael's secret-passing business has earned her a nomination for tween entrepreneur from a top tween magazine, You Girl, and she's stoked for the bigger client base she's sure to find in seventh grade. Then competition rears its ugly head in the form of a rival e-business that makes Samantha consider revamping her paper-based business plan, until she hears that Olivia is actually reading people's secrets! On top of that, Samantha is dealing with new friends Emma and Charlie who are bit snarkier than she's comfortable with, her old best friends Daphne, who's a bit jealous of Emma & Charlie, and Jake, for whom Samantha has developed different feelings now.

This novel has all the ingredients for a great tween read. There's enough drama, romance, and snark to keep the pages flying and the laughs bubbling up. No sex, language, violence. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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