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In Newfoundlandand#8217;s Cookand#8217;s Cove, summers are short but sweet. Fifteen-year-old Melinda is looking forward to two idyllic months of garden parties and socials with her cousins Rebecca and Kate.

Rebeccaand#8217;s the goody, goody homemaker, well trained by her strict and formidable mother, Grace. Studious Kate is determined not to let a boyfriend get in the way of her plans for the future. Then thereand#8217;s outspoken, scandalous Melinda with her smoking and drinking and sneaking off with her boyfriend, with whom she is tempted to do "dangerous things down behind the and#64257;sh shack." The girls are like sisters and nothing can ever come between them.

But when a stranger comes to the village and invites Rebecca to go to Boston to develop her artistic talent, the cousins are suddenly exposed to the possibilities and dreams of the outside world.

Aunt Grace however forbids Rebecca to leave. The question is why and impetuous Melinda leads the crusade to find out. The discovery brings her face to face with desperately difand#64257;cult choices as she and#64257;nds that she herself has become the keeper of the family secrets.

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In Cook's Cove, a small outport village on the west coast of Newfoundland, summers are short but sweet, and outspoken 15-year-old Melinda expects this one to be no different. She has big plans with her cousins, good girl Rebecca and studious Kate. The girls are like sisters, watching out for each other and not letting anything come between them — at least until a stranger comes to the village and invites Rebecca to go to Boston to develop her artistic talent. When Rebecca's Aunt Grace forbids this trip, Melinda and the girls try to discover why, triggering a series of increasingly troubling discoveries and difficult choices. In the end Melinda makes a choice that is shocking yet strangely logical as she finds herself the keeper of the family secrets. Mary Sheppard's acclaimed first novel is based in part on her memories of growing up in a small, remote community much like Cook's Cove, where hardship must be endured and courage is crucial to survival. Seven for a Secret is one of The Globe and Mail's Top 10 Children's Books, a White Ravens Selection, and winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award.

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Melinda is looking forward to spending another summer with her cousins Rebecca and Kate in the small outport village of Cook's Cove on Newfoundland's west coast. Rebecca is a goody-goody who is under the thumb of her stern mother. Kate, the city dweller, is determined not to let a boyfriend block her future. Melinda, for her part, has a tendency to act out. The cousins act like sisters, watching out for one another. When a stranger comes to the village and invites Rebecca to Boston to develop her artistic talent, the girls are suddenly exposed to the possibilities of the outside world. Melinda finds herself not only responsible for keeping family secrets but also faced with deciding just how far family loyalty should go.

Displaying the authenticity of one who grew up in an outport community, Mary Sheppard has written an uncompromising and riveting novel set in a time and place when the fishing industry was still strong and the deeply rooted sense of community was both comforting and stifling.

Synopsis:

Displaying the authenticity of one who grew up in an outport community, Mary Sheppard has written an uncompromising and riveting novel set in a time and place when the fishing industry was still strong and the deeply rooted sense of community was both comforting and stifling.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780888995070
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Author:
Sheppard, Mary C.
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
Summer
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Maturation
Subject:
Historical - Canada - Post-Confederation (1867-)
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Canada Post-Confederation
Edition Number:
1st mass market ed.
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series Volume:
107-82
Publication Date:
20030210
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7 x 4.25 in 4.5 oz
Age Level:
12-17

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Seven for a Secret
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Product details 192 pages Groundwood Books - English 9780888995070 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
In Cook's Cove, a small outport village on the west coast of Newfoundland, summers are short but sweet, and outspoken 15-year-old Melinda expects this one to be no different. She has big plans with her cousins, good girl Rebecca and studious Kate. The girls are like sisters, watching out for each other and not letting anything come between them — at least until a stranger comes to the village and invites Rebecca to go to Boston to develop her artistic talent. When Rebecca's Aunt Grace forbids this trip, Melinda and the girls try to discover why, triggering a series of increasingly troubling discoveries and difficult choices. In the end Melinda makes a choice that is shocking yet strangely logical as she finds herself the keeper of the family secrets. Mary Sheppard's acclaimed first novel is based in part on her memories of growing up in a small, remote community much like Cook's Cove, where hardship must be endured and courage is crucial to survival. Seven for a Secret is one of The Globe and Mail's Top 10 Children's Books, a White Ravens Selection, and winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award.
"Synopsis" by , Fifteen-year-old Melinda is looking forward to spending another summer with her cousins Rebecca and Kate in the small outport village of Cook's Cove on Newfoundland's west coast. Rebecca is a goody-goody who is under the thumb of her stern mother. Kate, the city dweller, is determined not to let a boyfriend block her future. Melinda, for her part, has a tendency to act out. The cousins act like sisters, watching out for one another. When a stranger comes to the village and invites Rebecca to Boston to develop her artistic talent, the girls are suddenly exposed to the possibilities of the outside world. Melinda finds herself not only responsible for keeping family secrets but also faced with deciding just how far family loyalty should go.

Displaying the authenticity of one who grew up in an outport community, Mary Sheppard has written an uncompromising and riveting novel set in a time and place when the fishing industry was still strong and the deeply rooted sense of community was both comforting and stifling.

"Synopsis" by , Displaying the authenticity of one who grew up in an outport community, Mary Sheppard has written an uncompromising and riveting novel set in a time and place when the fishing industry was still strong and the deeply rooted sense of community was both comforting and stifling.
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