ARC Review: Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko

Book cover for Chasing Secrets by Jennifer Choldenko.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Chasing Secrets
Author: Gennifer Choldenko
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books: an imprint of Random House
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Newbery Honor–winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel.
   San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city—a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.
   The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Book cover for Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Goodbye Stranger
Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books: an imprint of Random House
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games–or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?

This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl–as a friend?
On Valentine’s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight? 
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