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I thought young Emily was a wonderful character and the picture painted of her seems like I was reading about the real woman. All of the quirks and curiosities you would expect a budding young poet to have, Emily displays naturally and eagerly. I loved how determined she was to solve the murder despite all the resistance she meets along the way. She's very intelligent and creative, and is ahead of her time, which really just made me root for her. As for the story, I thought the mystery was set up very well and kept me in the dark just long enough that I was trying to solve it right alongside Emily. It enjoyed seeing how all the side characters contributed to the journey Emily went through to fight for what she believed was right (as well as satisfying her own curiosity, of course).
What I found really interesting about this one is the way the historical setting was woven in through the characters. It wasn't an in-your-face kind of historical setting, but rather it came through in the actions and attitudes of the people. Most especially, it came from Emily's mother. That woman is so completely of her time that I found her a little infuriating. She is what women were expected to be: a fragile home-maker and mother, and she expected her daughters to be just the same way. Emily, of course, wants so much more than that for herself. She can't stand the dull chores or being confined to the house.Read more ›
Nobody's Secret was sweet and wonderful for a murder mystery. I loved the imagination of the author concerning Emily Dickinson and the poetry mixed through out. I felt like I was reading a historical Veronica Mars episode and I want to kiss Michaela MacColl's face for writing this wonderful book. :)
The story begins with Emily laying in a field of wildflowers hoping a bee will land on her nose.... just to experience something different. After a few moments she hears footsteps approaching and thinking it is her mother or sister coming to bring her back to her chores she closes her eyes and wills herself to be invisible. However, when she opens her eyes she meets the curious Mr. Nobody who engages in (extremely adorable) conversation with her. He appreciates her quirkiness where everyone else tries to shape her into a 'proper' young lady.
Sadly, after a few days he is found, presumably drowned, in her family's pond. Since Emily had never learned his name, she becomes determined to solve the mystery of who "Mr. Nobody" was. However, along the way she discovers that someone doesn't want Mr. Nobody to be identified. More determined than ever, Emily slowly discovers the many secrets of Mr. Nobody including his identity. :)
Just a cool, cool book through and through. LOVE.
Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl is part mystery, part historical fiction and entirely enjoyable. MacColl paints a picture of the teen poet as headstrong, always looking for ways to avoid housework, curious and tenacious. She knows what's expected of girls in her world, yet she's not afraid to push society's rules.
MacColl meticulously researches the subjects of her historical fiction--in other books a young Queen Victoria in England and aviatrix Beryl Markham--and the details she discovers about her characters helps her create nuanced portraits that make them human. She weaves facts about Emily and the Dickinson family into her story easily, and helps readers see what everyday life for her may have been like while keeping the mystery moving along.
As Emily works to solve the mystery of Mr. Nobody's death, she makes poetic notes about her discoveries, and it's fun for readers to imagine her creating full poems from those notes. She also reads a contemporary poet, Walt Whitman, and focuses on the natural world around her.
Nobody's Secret is fun to read and can generate discussion and activities for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 12 and up. Activities include reading Emily Dickinson's poetry, learning more about her life in Amherst and writing poetry in her style.Read more ›
Nobody's Secret, I'd have to say, is really more of a middle grade than a young adult title, although the target audience seems to be right in between the two. The writing style and level of description were in no way lacking, but were younger than those of many books targeted at my age range. However, the historical period this book is set in shines through in the word choices and especially the dialogue, making this a more challenging read for such younger readers.
Honestly, I have no reason not to give this book five stars... but I don't feel like it really earned all five, either. It was a great book with great writing, well-developed characters, an awesome mystery - everything it needed, really. But it didn't give me any wow moments. I never found myself doubling over with laughter or gasping with horror or misting up and almost-crying like I do with all my favorite books. So while this book is wonderful, it just didn't pack a big enough punch for five stars.
I give this book four stars, and recommend it for young poets and Emily Dickinson fans like myself.
I received this book for free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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MacColl's imaginative writing brings to life a sharply observant, headstrong, and witty teenage Emily Dickinson with a steadfast and courage moral purpose, in this clever mystery... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anonymous
A great. fictional book for mystery readers. Who have recently begun this genre. As an adult I love to read this genre gecause when I was young there were not as many books to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Zarg
Mystery story written from the viewpoint of poet Emily Dickinson. Good book for YA readers with nothing questionable to be concerned about. Mr. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TXMOMOF2
A genre I like. A highly entertaining way to get better acquainted with an outstanding writer. If you liked Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries, you will like like this... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Eileen Phelps
Great mystery featuring Emily Dickenson for the mystery lover. A young girl encounters a handsome man who is killed shortly. She attempts to discover the reasons.Published on July 16, 2014 by Tina L. Tinch
"Nobody's Secret" presents a charming vignette into the world of the budding poet. The book highlights Emily Dickinson's spirit, intelligence, and unique creativity,... Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by mariebprescott
I thought this book had a very good ending to it but I thought the beginning and middle were a little slow... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by elizabeth wood
Interesting story plot. Some of the characters (Henry and Mrs. Dickinson) are a little flat. The authors ending of historical notes should have been at the beginning of the story -... Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Lynn Connelly
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