Her Mother’s Secret
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Length: 184 p.
Publication Year: 2012
ASIN: 0983193878
ISBN: 9780983193876
Fifteen-year-old Sarah, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, wants nothing more than to become an artist. But as she spreads her wings she must come to terms with the secrets that her family is only beginning to share with her. Replete with historical details that vividly evoke the Chicago of the 1890s, this moving coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of a vibrant, turbulent city. Sarah moves between two very different worlds—the colorful immigrant neighborhood surrounding Hull House and the sophisticated, elegant World’s Columbian Exposition. This novel eloquently captures the struggles of a young girl as she experiences the timeless emotions of friendship, family turmoil, loss…and first love.
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Silver award winner in the Young Adult Fiction – Historical/Cultural category of the Moonbeam Children’s Books Awards

Finalist for the Midwest Book Awards in the YA Fiction category

Winner of the IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Teen Fiction



A companion guide for this book (which includes photographs, discussion questions, read-alikes, and resources for further exploration) can be found by clicking here.


Praise for Her Mother’s Secret

“Very well-written and a quick read. It would appeal to young women who like to read coming-of-age stories, and fans of historical fiction…Prejudice against Jewish Americans, the death of young children, and strains within the family are woven eloquently throughout the book.” — VOYA

“Features a 15-year-old heroine, but you don’t have to be a teenager to appreciate the detail-rich environment the author creates…Although the historical and cultural backdrop are presented with well-rendered specificity, many of the problems that Sarah and her family deal with are universal.” — Reading the Past

“The background is beautifully realized and captures readers’ fascination for the period. The author shapes Sarah’s character most skillfully of all, illustrating the optimism of youth…A treat written by a fine storyteller.” — Historical Novels Review


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JUVENILE FICTION/Historical/United States/19th Century

5.5″ x 8.5″

178 pages

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