Odette's Secrets: Book summary and reviews of Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald

Odette's Secrets

By Maryann Macdonald

Odette's Secrets
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2013,
    240 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, every day brings new dangers. So when Odette's father is thrown into a work camp and the Nazis suspect her mother of helping the Resistance, Odette is sent to the French countryside until it is safe to return. On the surface, Odette leads the life of a regular girl, going to school, doing chores, even attending Catholic masses with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets for the life she left behind, and the identity she must hide at all costs. Yet when the war ends, the cost of keeping secrets takes an unexpected toll: can Odette return to Paris as a Jew, or has she changed too much? Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

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"This is an excellent choice for young readers looking for historical fiction, fiction in verse, Holocaust fiction, or an engaging story of survival and courage. Ages 11 to 15." - VOYA

"Macdonald used the real Odette's auto-biography as the basis for this book, and her free-verse narrative is charming and effective. Although Odette's age is never given, her youthful perspective and the overall nonspecificity about the war, make the book best suited to readers on the younger end of the target audience. Ages 10–14" - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Based on the real Odette Meyers (née Melspajz), this thoughtful, affecting piece makes an ideal Holocaust introduction for readers unready for death-camp scenes." - Kirkus

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Maryann Macdonald has always loved to read and write. She has written 25 children's books of her own, and now lives in New York City.

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