Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder - ADVISABLE

Schroeder, Lisa Sealed with a Secret, 224 pages.  Scholastic, 2016.  Content: G.  

After her fabulous adventure around Paris with her new best friend, Nora, Phoebe is back home in London.  She hasn’t told her family about the flea market find she made on one of their last days there, mostly because she didn’t want to share her discovery with her love sick, annoying sister Alice.  Phoebe knows the locket is probably an important find for her family’s antique business, especially since Alice is heading off to college and they need the money badly.  But Alice has gone from being Phoebe’s best friend to hardly caring if Phoebe exists.  So when Phoebe finds a magical  (maybe) list inside the locket, she recruits another to help her on her quest. But Phoebe is so caught in her own desires that she doesn’t seem to be able to be a good friend to anyone and she may have to give up the locket to someone else.

Schroder does a pretty good job of writing light-seeming books that also deal with the messiness that can be family and friends and life.  I wouldn’t hesitate to share this with someone young.

EL, MS - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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