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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416980202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416980209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,486,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6–8—Samantha Carmichael is being featured in You Girl magazine as one of the tween finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year for her secret-passing business. Then she starts Somerville Middle School where the rules seem to have changed overnight. She must contend with technology and competition in order to keep her business alive and her personal life secure. In the meantime, she must learn to trust her friends and family lest they find out her secret. Barnholdt does a good job keeping readers interested in the life of a middle school girl and the drama that surrounds it. She incorporates modern technology, fashion, popularity, and boy/girl concerns into her narrative, which will be a hit with the audience. The plot and subplots drive the story forward. Barnholdt does a good job letting tweens know that they too can be entrepreneurs.—Sherry Rampey, Gaston Branch Library, SC
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"Barnholdt does a good job keeping readers interested in the life of a middle school girl and the drama that surrounds it. She incorporates modern technology, fashion, popularity, and boy/girl concerns into her narrative, which will be a hit with the audience." –Sherry Rampey, Gaston Branch Library, SC
-SLJ January 2011

"Readers will engage with her optimistic energy and relate to her desire for things to just work out, for Pete’s sake." KC
--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, January 2011 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2011
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Ah, middle school. It's easy to remember that time when being embarrassed was the rule instead of the exception, and everything seemed to be changing at once. Rules for Secret Keeping does a magnificent job of capturing that constant anxiety as Samantha and her friends worry about boys, clothes and relationships. Is it better to be cool or true to your friends and your beliefs? Samantha learns the hard way that you just can't please everyone and that the best path to take is seldom the easiest. Most any young 5th through 8th grader will have no problems seeing themselves in Samantha. She's funny, and is so torn between her old elementary school friends and her new relationship with the most popular girl in school. Of course there's also Jake. He's the boy who used to be her friend and is now perhaps more? All kinds of new feelings are bombarding her and she still has to worry about changing clothes in gym class. Ugh...

This is a great choice for any new middle school student or soon to be middle schooler. The dialogue between these kids really pops. There are funny moments, poignant ones, and a few good lessons to be learned. Recommended.
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By stargalaxy on April 30, 2014
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This is a very good book, I really enjoyed it. A must read. I had trouble putting it down. Read and enjoy.
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By Amaiya Mack on March 15, 2014
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this book is the best book eve like it has a little bit of every emotion it is the bomb diggetty and I NEVER SAY THAT
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This is one of my fave books ever!!! I totes recommend if you like the MIX books they are seriously the AWESOMEST BOOKS EVER
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By Christina Buxton on December 11, 2013
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This book is amazing filed with teenage drama and secret passing. I recommend for any girly tween. 4/5 stars :) tells the life of a teen and her surroundings. Makes you feel like you are her when you read the book.
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By Audrey Thornton on April 1, 2013
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This book was so awsome! There was so much suspense! And they kissed at the end! So romantic. What a great book!
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