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    Hardcover ☆ Chasing Secrets MOBI Á those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city a side that s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco So why is the heart of the city under quarantine Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground Why is Noah, the Chinese cook s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart stopping race to save the people they love."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Chasing Secrets
  • Gennifer Choldenko
  • 22 December 2018
  • 0375990631

Chasing Secrets[PDF / Epub] ☁ Chasing Secrets By Gennifer Choldenko – Essayreview.co.uk Newbery Honor winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel San Francisco, The Gilded Age A fantas Newbery Honor winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel San Francisco,The Gilded Age A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people but not thirteen year old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow s snobby school for girls Lizzie s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing school girls Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city a side that s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco So why is the heart of the city under quarantine Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground Why is Noah, the Chinese cook s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart stopping race to save the people they love.


About the Author: Gennifer Choldenko

There s a Lego in my bum which fits with the Lego in my chair and when I sit down to write, I hear the satisfying snap of the two pieces fitting together I love words, dictionaries, thesauruses, sharp pencils, the smell of book ink and the delicious art of carving out sentences on clean white paper I love to slip into another person s skin and feel what it s like to live another life I love when characters come to me out of nowhere and make me cry so hard my mascara runs or laugh until my stomach hurts I love the crazy fun and infinite possibility of storytellingWhat prepared me for a life of writing fiction Though I have a BA from Brandeis University in English and American Literature and a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, the true answer is probably genes I come from a long line of Irish storytellers on my father s side and theatre people on my mother s I always knew I loved to write, but it took me a long time to summon the courage to chase the dream I finally went for it when I realized I would prefer to be a failure at something I wanted to do, then a success at something I didn t While I was pretending I wasn t a writer, trying to be a nice person with a nice quiet job somewhere, I sold lingerie, lipstick and lamp shades I wrote junk mail I taught visually and hearing impaired kids horseback riding I held a prestigious job in rubbish removal and I worked in a factory wearing a paper gown while wielding a large mallet on small serving packages of ketchup One Third Nerd, my funniest novel yet, is due out in January My most famous novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts, garnered awards, one of which was the Newbery Honor The Tales of Alcatraz series has soldthan million copies What will probably be the last book in the series Al Capone Throws Me a Curve is the best of the fifteen books I ve written so far I am a fitness fanatic a book obsessed, tennis playing woman who thinks like a twelve year old If I ever get the good fortune to meet you, offer me coffee and I will be your friend for life.


10 thoughts on “Chasing Secrets

  1. says:

    Finally got to finish and loved it I think YA historical fiction is the best because the history is added in such a way that it is interesting and makes a great story Full review to come on my blog, Lisa Loves Literature, soon.

  2. says:

    Recently, there was a Nerdy Book Club blog post entitled, Pulse pounding Historical Fiction This isn t due out till August but would hold its own on that list Definitely one to give to those kids who claim to hate historical fiction as well as those who love it Atmospheric, the sights, sounds and smells of San Francisco at the beginning of the 20th century spring vividly to life as do the variety of characters.ETA Rereading with my ears 8 18 17 Loved it just as much

  3. says:

    Full Review on The Candid CoverChasing Secrets is a book that really has it all This story is an excellent read that promotes history, while keeping readers on their toes Choldenko has created another incredible middle grade historical fiction in Chasing Secrets This time we learn about a deadly plague, a determined main character, and themes of family, friendship and secrets in the fast paced mystery.Based on actual events, Chasing Secrets tells the story of a plague outbreak in San Fransisc Full Review on The Candid CoverChasing Secrets is a book that really has it all This story is an excellent read that promotes history, while keeping readers on their toes Choldenko has created another incredible middle grade historical fiction in Chasing Secrets This time we learn about a deadly plague, a determined main character, and themes of family, friendship and secrets in the fast paced mystery.Based on actual events, Chasing Secrets tells the story of a plague outbreak in San Fransisco in 1900 The time period of this novel is so elegant and Choldenko depicts the horses, carriages and the dresses with so much detail that it is easy to envision the setting Also, the history of the treatment of the Chinese during this era is explored and presented to the reader It is very clear that Gennifer Choldenko has done some extensive research, as every detail seems so accurate and carefully written.The main character in Chasing Secrets, Lizzie, is one that is so easy to relate to Lizzie is very intelligent and decides to understand the plague During this point in history, smart females are disrespected and have difficily fitting in Lizzie is no exception Choldenko writes about Lizzie s struggles and shows the reader the importance of determination and self perseverance through this amazing protagonist.Chasing Secrets is a book about family and friendship and protecting those you love It is also about secrets kept from family members These themes add to the mystery of the book The secrets add an extra layer that makes reading this story phenomenal and keeps you turning the pages to learn .This step back in time is definitely educational and entertaining to read at the same time It has a clever main character and themes that add to the book s mystery Chasing Secrets is a quick and enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in historical fiction

  4. says:

    Pros A very entertaining historical fiction novel Unusual subjects A modern recurrence of Bubonic Plague, San Francisco pre 1906 quake, women s rights, and Chinese American life in the early 20th century Wide Appeal The story includes hints of romance, action and derring do, is based on true historical events, and provides readers with a Downton Abbey esque window into the daily lives of history s ultra wealthy.Cons Meandering plot There was a lot going on here Lizzie Gus, Lizzie Noah, Lizzie Pros A very entertaining historical fiction novel Unusual subjects A modern recurrence of Bubonic Plague, San Francisco pre 1906 quake, women s rights, and Chinese American life in the early 20th century Wide Appeal The story includes hints of romance, action and derring do, is based on true historical events, and provides readers with a Downton Abbey esque window into the daily lives of history s ultra wealthy.Cons Meandering plot There was a lot going on here Lizzie Gus, Lizzie Noah, Lizzie friendships, illegal street fighting, Bubonic Plague, early 20th century newspaper wars, racism and genocide, early 20th century medical technique, proper etiquette for women, women s rights, etc I didn t feel satisfied with the amount of coverage any of these topics got, and I wish the book had been about 100 pages longer so that we could have delved a little deeper into them Lizzie Not my favorite character She was a self important know it all who whined about not having any friends, but then didn t reciprocate much when they invited her out Sometimes, being a brilliant pest can come off as oddly charming, but there just weren t enough things I liked about Lizzie to balance her out view spoiler Did we really have to kill off the brother as punishment for his Devil May Care attitude and lukewarm feelings about doctors Geez As soon he started trash talking medicine because it couldn t save their mom and was therefore worthless, I knew he was a goner hide spoiler

  5. says:

    Back in 2013, I first read Choldenko, having randomly selected the audiobook for Al Capone Does My Shirts as being of possible interest I was right, though the books were entirely different than I d expected, coming at history from an angle I didn t see coming.Similarly, Chasing Secrets takes on the topic of plague as it s breaking out, rather than once everyone is already dying We see this happen through the lens of aspiring scientist, Lizzie Her favorite thing is joining her dad on his call Back in 2013, I first read Choldenko, having randomly selected the audiobook for Al Capone Does My Shirts as being of possible interest I was right, though the books were entirely different than I d expected, coming at history from an angle I didn t see coming.Similarly, Chasing Secrets takes on the topic of plague as it s breaking out, rather than once everyone is already dying We see this happen through the lens of aspiring scientist, Lizzie Her favorite thing is joining her dad on his calls to patients, and her least favorite is attending class at finishing school, because she has no interest in marriage and wants to really learn.When their servant Jing gets stuck in Chinatown due to a quarantine for the plague, she wants to rescue him, especially once she meets the son she never knew he had, Noah I really love the portrayals of both Jing and Noah, because they resist stereotypes and are super awesome Yes always to history that focuses on women and people of color History enthusiasts will appreciate the extensive notes at the end of Chasing Secrets as well.Choldenko has major talent at writing quiet, intriguing, unique histories about people often ignored by history Very much worth reading forthan just the beautiful cover

  6. says:

    I had no idea the bubonic plague was ever in the U.S Have I been living under a rock or what Choldenko has done it again A wonderfully written juvenile historical fiction book with so much information, though you don t realize it because the storytelling is so enthralling I love Noah, Lizzie, Billy, and all these characters Such an intriguing exploration of ethics Can t wait to write about it on my blog and then will link to this review

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    E ARC from Netgalley.comLizzie doesn t feel like she has any friends at Miss Barstow s school in San Francisco in 1900, and her older brother, Billy, has drifted away from her as well She s always glad to accompany her physician father on his calls because she can set a broken arm or administer chloroform she just can t make her Aunt Hortense happy by saying and wearing the appropriate things When her father is called away for an extended period at the same time that beloved family retainer, E ARC from Netgalley.comLizzie doesn t feel like she has any friends at Miss Barstow s school in San Francisco in 1900, and her older brother, Billy, has drifted away from her as well She s always glad to accompany her physician father on his calls because she can set a broken arm or administer chloroform she just can t make her Aunt Hortense happy by saying and wearing the appropriate things When her father is called away for an extended period at the same time that beloved family retainer, Jing, goes missing, Lizzie springs into action It s evenimportant that Jing be found, since his son, Noah, is hiding in Jing s room Noah has been living with an uncle in Chinatown, but when the plague is suspected there and the entire section of town is quarantined, Jing is afraid that Noah will be in danger Lizzie s uncle, a newspaperman, is unable to get Jing out, and even using her connections to the police don t do any good Lizzie has to continue to go to school and hold up to her aunt s scrutiny while trying to hide Noah and find out what has happened to Jing She gets invited to a ball by Gus, who is a decent fellow who can appreciate her interest in science, and starts to realize that she may be every bit as bad about not knowing her family s servants as the girls she considers to be snobbish When the plague hits close to home, Lizzie realizes that relationships are difficult, but finds the support she needs to get through tragedy.Strengths Like Hopkinson s The Great Trouble or Chibbaro s Deadly, this just goes to show that a well done, adventure packed book that also concerns a deadly disease can be a gripping read The research on this is quite well done, with copious notes in the back on many different aspects of the story Lizzie s character was written very well she s not overly plucky she knows what the social s are and does try to stay within them, but 1900 is a time when a littleopportunity was given to girls and women, and she takes advantage of it She also grows up and learns how to treat everyoneequally, which was a nice change Weaknesses A few niggling details there is a mention of a girl discussing brassieres, and I recall distinctly from reading From head to toe bound feet, bathing suits, and other bizarre and beautiful things by Janice Weaver 2003 that the brassiere was not invented until after my grandmother graduated from high school into 1912 There was also a brief mention of a lipstick being slipped into a handbag, and I doubt that young girls would have been allowed lipstick at that point It probably would have been in a pot, for one thing, applied with a brush, and didn t become socially acceptable until after WWI Not a huge deal, certainly, but something I noticed What I really thought Historical fiction is still a bit of a hard sell, but ifof them were like this, it wouldn t be Definitely will buy a copy because I really liked this, and Choldenko s other books were not even huge favorites of mine

  8. says:

    I m really excited about Gennifer s new release and looking forward to seeing how kids connect with the story

  9. says:

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww I really liked this book, and what an appropriate time to read it as it s about the plague and we have the coronavirus I do think the ending was a bit fast, and I would ve liked to seeof Gus and Gemma in the last few bits, but other than that, it was a really good book The rest of the ending I WAS NOT expecting Another amazing book by Gennifer Choldenko I had no clue she was the author of the Al Capone series I love those books too

  10. says:

    I love how books can get students interested in history I wish books like this were around when I was young This taught me about a time and historical event that I didn t know anything about I love when a book piques my interest into something new.

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