Kearney, Meg. The Secret of Me.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

KEARNEY, Meg. The secret of me. Persea, dist. by W.W. Norton. 136p. bibliog, c2005.0-89255-3227 $1795. JS

Lizzie McLane is a 14-year-old in a family created by adoptions: her older sister and brother are also adopted. Yet, no one in the family is able to talk about birth parents. Lizzie's brother tells her it would seem disloyal to their parents, who love them dearly. And yet, Lizzie just wants to know more about who she is, what her birth mother looks like, what ethnic group she is connected to--those sorts of things. Even a classroom assignment to create a family tree makes Lizzie sad. She turns to her book of poetry, writing of her confusion--why does she crave knowledge about her biological parents when her siblings don't seem to need to know? Is she unhappy, dissatisfied with her parents? She doesn't want to hurt their feelings. She knows they consider their children their own. Why is she ashamed to tell...

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