HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY – GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger and ODETTE’S SECRETS by Maryann MacDonald

Not one but TWO verse novels hit bookstores today!Odette's Secrets

GONE FISHING is about Sam, a boy who is so excited about his fishing trip with his dad that he can’t sleep the night before. When Sam’s little sister Lucy tags along at the last minute, though, Sam hopes she won’t ruin his fun. Look for a review this Thursday.

ODETTE’S SECRETS is about life for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, where nowhere is safe. When Odette Meyer’s father is sent to a Nazi work camp, Odette’s mother takes desperate measures to protect her, sending Odette deep into the French countryside. There, Odette pretends to be a peasant girl, even posing as a Christian–and attending Catholic masses–with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets, and when the war ends Odette must figure out whether she can resume life in Paris as a Jew, or if she’s lost the connection to her former life forever. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

What a great day for verse novels! Congratulations to both authors.



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