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Dirty little secrets

by Omololu, Cynthia Jaynes.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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ACLA Mobile Library Services Teen Fiction YA OMOL
Location  ACLA Mobile Library Services
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  YA OMOL
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F OMOLOLU
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F OMOLOLU
Pleasant Hills Public Library Young Adult Teen Fic Omo
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  Teen Fic Omo
Sewickley Public Library Closed Stacks YA OMO
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Closed Stacks
Call Number  YA OMO

Everyone has a secret. But Lucy's is bigger and dirtier than most. It's one she's been hiding for years-that her mom's out-of-control hoarding has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. Tackling an increasingly discussed topic that is both fascinating and disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy's desperate attempt to save her family. Readers join Lucy on a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen's life will have them completely hooked.

Praise for Dirty Little Secrets:

"Shocking, tragic, desperate, and believable. . . . a valuable new addition to heartbreaking but honest books about teens." -School Library Journal

"An emotionally charged novel. . .readers will be rapt." -Kirkus Reviews

"A disturbing appraisal of how a mother's obsessive hoarding affects her teenage daughter in this frank novel." -Publishers Weekly

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lucy has a secret: her mother is a compulsive hoarder. Her older siblings have moved out, and Lucy has never let her friends come over to see the towering piles of paper, clothes, and trash that cover every surface and block all but narrow passages through the house. Then she returns home to find her mother dead from an asthma attack, and she feels numb: Maybe after, I could be sad. But not now. The 24 hours following her mother's passing bring one misguided attempt after another as Lucy tries to clean up, hide the truth about her mother's compulsions, and save her family's reputation. The premise seems far-fetched, but the problem of hoarding is real for many households, as the Web site listed in the acknowledgments substantiates. Lucy's range of emotions is clearly presented, as is her fear that her family's secret sets her apart from others: It made us too different. Her final blazing act to ensure a normal life is upsetting but should provoke discussion.--Dobrez, Cindy Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Debut author Omololu gives a disturbing appraisal of how a mother's obsessive hoarding affects her teenage daughter in this frank novel that spans a tense 24-hour period. The grief 16-year-old Lucy experiences when her mother dies suddenly at home is overshadowed by her dread that paramedics and the general public will learn her family's secret: they've been living amid piles of filth due to her mother's refusal to ever throw anything away. ("The last repairman didn't get past the front hallway before realizing the place was too full of crap to even get near the hot water heater," Lucy remembers.) Lucy's decision to clean up the mess before notifying authorities may seem ill-founded and unbelievable to some, but readers will feel compassion for her as she recalls how her mother's compulsive behavior has cost her friendships and a normal social life, as well as posing health risks. Tension intensifies as the clean-up process proves even more overwhelming than Lucy imagined. Her determination to erase the past may lead to debates about whether Lucy's motives are rooted in selfishness, shame, or love. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Secrets -- Fiction.
Compulsive behavior -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Self-reliance -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Walker & Co.,2010
Language English
Notes Includes reading group guide.
Description 210 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780802786609
9780802722331 (pbk.)
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