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Secrets Double-Sided Poster
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Free Audiobook Samples
In anticipation of the Secrets' release on September 29, 2015, Orca will be giving away free samples of the Secrets audiobooks—one each week starting August 10, 2015.

In the News

CBC Children's book panel: Great new books for young readers
Need help shopping for the little readers in your life? Which new YA titles are the next big thing for tween and teen book lovers? CBC's children's book panellists, Michele Landsberg and Ken Setterington, pick their favourites from 2015's bountiful crop of new YA and picture books. Listen to Book Panel discussion.—CBC, December 21, 2015

Books for Kids: Seven Novels, Seven Secrets to Explore
During this holiday season, when gift-giving is on the minds of many, I’d like to recommend Secrets, a boxed set of wonderful paperback novels written by seven of Canada’s best-known authors for middle-school and YA readers. Six of the writers are female, one is male—and therein lies a story of its own. Read full article.Montreal Gazette, December 21, 2015

Seven Girls, Seven Secrets
Marthe Jocelyn and Vicki Grant discuss the SECRETS on the CTV Atlantic Morning Show —November 2, 2015

Series Reviews

The Unquiet Past
"The realistic landscape of racist microagressions that plague Métis Jackson is heartbreakingly matter-of-fact. A compelling mystery." —Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015

Small Bones
"In a witty and believable 1964 Ontario, a foundling teen investigates the circumstances of her own birth... The novel has an eerie, slow build, with a sense of danger increasing with each secret unearthed... Clues come at just the right pace for the readers to crack the puzzle right along with the protagonist in this mystery." —Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015

Shattered Glass
"...towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don’t remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story." —LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program, July 14, 2015

My Life Before Me
"A sensitive exploration of the appalling, racially motivated prejudice that inflamed even northern areas in the mid-20th century...[Cady's] plucky demeanor adds plausibility to her determined quest... This entry in the Secrets series embeds a tragic past within an engrossing mystery—masterfully." —Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015

A Big Dose of Lucky
"A fresh coming-of-age tale with an unconventional twist." —Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015

"Spat out into the harsh world after her orphanage burns down, Malou makes her way to the town of Parry Sound, where an old hospital bracelet is her only link to the family that abandoned her… Through this inspiring heroine...Jocelyn illuminates racial and social inequality as significant today as it was during the civil rights movement. Poignant and resonant, it’s an important exploration for readers seeking their own identities." —Publishers Weekly, July 2015