About the Book
After twelve-year-old Rocky overhears Mom admit her story about how his dad died is bogus, his trust in his one remaining parent unravels. The For-Sale sign appears on the front lawn right after the funeral, forcing Rocky to leave the house linked to so many memories of his dad.
Consumed by the secret and struggling to adjust to changing schools mid-year, Rocky is startled by the voice of his dead father inside his head offering advice on how he could learn the truth.
Rocky does find a live and lively partner in Olive, who offers to be his assistant sleuth to help crack the secret. The pair’s schemes go bust, but they embolden Rocky to embark on a journey of risks, eavesdropping and snooping to discover the truth about the father he thought he knew.
In My Opinion
While I figured out early on what the secret was, Rocky’s path to get there is worth the journey. And it’s appropriate for the intended age of the middle grade reader. It engaging, clean, and deals with some difficult subjects in a subtle manner.
Risa Nyman creates relatable characters like Rocky and his new friend Olive. She’s good for Rocky because of her directness, her willingness to help him out, and her concern for him when it’s required.
Swallowed by a Secret is about family, friendships, and the pain secrets, even when kept with the best of intentions, can cause. But in the end, there is healing, and Rocky is stronger for it.
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