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. Volume XVI Number 8. . . .October 23, 2009
Trail of Secrets is an interesting young adult novel. It is the forth novel in its series. This novel has been well planned out as the plot is unpredictable. Chapman does well writing descriptions. The characters are believable because Chapman provides vivid descriptions of the characters as well as their personalities. Also, her descriptions of the setting are lifelike. The main character, Jennifer Bannon, embarks on a journey as she is entering grade eleven. Jennifer finds herself surrounded by secrets from people she cares about. Her boyfriend is starting university, and Jennifer fears he will find a new girlfriend. Then her best friend is secretly e-mailing her biological father, someone she never met before. Apart from Jennifer’s being faced with keeping secrets to herself, she is also faced with changes. Her mom, who lives with her new husband a distance away, wants her sister to move out with them. Then Jennifer gets to know the new boy in her school despite the rumours about him.
Overall, the novel is an easy read. Chapman cleverly captures the events in a not-so-crammed timeline, but perfectly written out story that has enough action. The story covers three main themes: belonging, friendship and loss.
Dana L. Coates is a grade 6 teacher in Norway House, MB.
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