Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
Published by Wendy Lamb Books in 2015.
Middle grade students will love this historical fiction story! Flash back to 1900’s San Francisco where there may be a plague outbreak. Lizzie realizes that their cook hid his son in her house to keep him safe, but now Jing, the cook is stuck because they quarentined Chinatown. Lizzie works to connect Jing and his son, but it’s difficult when you are an 11 year old girl. And it also turns out that there may be more to this plague than meets the eye.
This story has a great pace, great characters, and allows the reader to think about gender boundries and racial boundries.
“Just remember there’s a price to pay for secrets. Trust is what holds us together, Lizzie. Secrets tear us apart.” (p. 168)
“How can you decide one life is more valuable than another?” (p. 227)