The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

Book - 2006
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The people of Maldinga and the surrounding area bring their deep, dark secrets to Kalli, who keeps them all safe until they become too much for her to bear
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689839634
Branch Call Number: PIC Coombs
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Solomon, Heather - Illustrator


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FindingJane Nov 26, 2016

This original, haunting story features a woman who is charged with keeping the secrets of the inhabitants of her little village. How or why she has this task is not stated (and these questions haunted me a little because this is such a weird kind of burden. It smacks of a kind of witchcraft and I’ve seen the like of it in only one other kind of story.).

In any case, Kalli is young, beautiful and her face, rounded like a moon, beams with a kind of inner contentment…until the story takes a darker turn. The denouement is a tender surprise, proving that not all secrets are terrible ones.

Delicate watercolor illustrations illuminate this story, with occasional bursts of warm and cool colors. The villagers are a varied lot with plain, baggy clothing that does little to distinguish one from the other. (Even the rich farmer is no better dressed than any of the others.) But it’s a sweet child’s story, deserving to be read aloud, and may prompt its listeners to share their own secrets.

Apr 03, 2012

I loved this story.


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