Seven For A Secret

by Mary Sheppard

Groundwood Books Ltd | March 1, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Seven For A Secret is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

In Cook's Cove, a small outport village on the west coast of Newfoundland, summers are short but sweet, and fifteen-year-old Melinda expects this one to be no different. She's looking forward to two idyllic months of garden parties, socials and long talks into the night with her cousins Rebecca and Kate.

The cousins have spent summers together ever since they can remember. Rebecca's the goody-goody homemaker. Studious Kate, who lives in the city, is determined not to let a boyfriend get in the way of her plans for the future. Then there's outspoken Melinda, who loves to scandalize the village biddies. The girls are like sisters; they watch out for each other, 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 of the outside world and the chance to fulfil their latent dreams.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: March 1, 2002

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888995075

ISBN - 13: 9780888995070

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secrets and the trouble and mystery they cause Melinda, Rebecca and Kate are cousins who are different and anything but innocent. Melinda wishes to move to Boston to become a nurse and marry her Matt, who she has loved since the age of 10. Kate visits Cook's Cove from the city for some fresh air and a relaxing atmosphere. She is shy and a bookworm btu at heart she desires romance. Rebecca is a talented artist offered a trip to Boston to take courses in sketching. Mysteries lay in the small town of Cook's Cove for birth certificates and town gossip can lie, and secrets can be ketp very well amongst the family. Rebecca is confused of ehr birth date, and wonders of her mother's version of the truth. This story shows how true friendship can survive anything if the hearts are willing.
Date published: 2003-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seven Secrets = Fun I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well written. I would recomend it to girls at least 12 and up. It gets really heavy towards the end but it's all good. GO NEWFIE!!!
Date published: 2002-11-26

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Seven For A Secret

Seven For A Secret

by Mary Sheppard

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: March 1, 2002

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888995075

ISBN - 13: 9780888995070

About the Book

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 remote community much like Cook's Cove, where hardship must be endured and courage is crucial to survival.

From the Publisher

In Cook's Cove, a small outport village on the west coast of Newfoundland, summers are short but sweet, and fifteen-year-old Melinda expects this one to be no different. She's looking forward to two idyllic months of garden parties, socials and long talks into the night with her cousins Rebecca and Kate.

The cousins have spent summers together ever since they can remember. Rebecca's the goody-goody homemaker. Studious Kate, who lives in the city, is determined not to let a boyfriend get in the way of her plans for the future. Then there's outspoken Melinda, who loves to scandalize the village biddies. The girls are like sisters; they watch out for each other, 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 of the outside world and the chance to fulfil their latent dreams.

About the Author

Mary C. Sheppard is a journalist and the author of three young adult books that are set in Newfoundland. She was born in Corner Brook, and has seven sisters and one brother. Her first book, Seven for a Secret, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and was named a top ten book by the American Library Association. Mary lives in Toronto.

Appropriate for ages: 12