Katherine Tegen Books A Secret Shared
Katherine Tegen Books A Secret Shared

A Secret Shared

By Patricia MacLachlan


Publication Date: March 28, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

From Newbery Medal–winning author Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant middle grade novel that follows the unraveling of a family’s secret when two older siblings discover through a mail-order DNA test kit that their youngest sister was adopted.

Nora and Ben’s younger sister, Birdy, loves to keep secrets. She surprises her family more than once: She hides a kitten in her room. She writes a beautiful story. One day Birdy watches her mother spit into a tube, ready to send it off to find out more about herself and where her family came from. Birdy spits into a tube, too, when no one sees her.But when the test results come back, they are a surprise. Where did Birdy come from?Nora and Ben must learn when to keep a secret and who to go to for help—and, eventually, how to solve this secret for the entire family.In this touching story about the secrets we keep, Patricia MacLachlan paints a moving portrait of what it means to be a family, the power of love, and the importance of bringing the truth out into the light.

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan (1938–2022) was the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. She was also the author of many beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.

Format: Paperback

Length: 160 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: March 28, 2023

ISBN: 9780062885883

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