Chasing Secrets

Chasing Secrets

Book - 2015
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Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and her secret friend Noah, who is hiding in her house, plan to rescue Noah's father from the quarantined Chinatown, and save everyone they love from contracting the plague that is spreading in 1900 San Francisco.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House LLC, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385742542
9780375990632
9780385742535
Branch Call Number: Fiction Choldenko CHILD
Characteristics: 278 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

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samdog123 Nov 27, 2015

Written by the author of 'Al Capone does my shirts,' and 'Al Capone Shines my shoes,' this is another historical title dealing with the plague outbreak in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century. Many racial and gender stigmas are addressed here, and its a great look at this period in history and the panic that a disease can cause in a population.

ChristchurchLib Sep 21, 2015

"Despite the lack of science classes at her fancy finishing school, 13-year-old Lizzie Kennedy hopes to become a doctor. It's an unusual ambition for a girl in 1900, but Lizzie is smart and curious. That curiosity leads her to question the rumors of a bubonic plague outbreak in Chinatown, especially after Chinatown is quarantined and Jing (the Kennedys' cook and father to Lizzie's friend Noah) is trapped inside. Blending strange-but-true history with politics and mystery, Chasing Secrets will captivate readers of all kinds. For another visit to San Francisco with author Gennifer Choldenko, check out the Al Capone at Alcatraz series, beginning with Al Capone Does My Shirts." Kids' Books September 2015 newsletter http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1041c1e6-0f52-4f9c-b755-c1628d7a9ac6?postId=8c10e2db-9729-46f9-a58a-3c53e447140c

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Aug 31, 2015

I was intrigued by the setting of lesser-known bubonic plague outbreak in 1900 San Francisco (Chinatown), and the book did a good job of telling a story and weaving in historical detail. It also read pretty quickly. Solid.

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