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Dirty Little Secrets

You can only hoard your troubles for so long.

Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others. For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother’s hoarding a secret. She’s had to—nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she’s always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she’s normal.
When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children—they’ll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue. With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?

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Bloomsbury / Walker Children\'s Books: February 2010 (sold by EMLA)

The Author

C. J. Omololu

Cynthia (C.J.) Omololu majored in English at U.C. Santa Barbara because she liked to read, not because she liked to write. Eventually, she discovered that the voices in her head often had interesting things to say.

She is the author of DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, TRANSCENDENCE and INTUITION, all published by Bloomsbury. THE THIRD TWIN, her final novel before she passed away on the eve of 2016, is published by Delacorte. She remains a much-loved and always remembered member of the YA writing community, and her books remain testimony to her considerable talent.


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