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Secret City

Title

Secret City

Authors

Julia Watts

Publisher

Bella Books

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9781594933905

Pages

264 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Ruby Pickett didn't have any say about the family move to Tennessee. Her daddy's new job will help the war effort, though no one has told her exactly how. Brand new, government-built Oak Ridge quickly proves a curious and intriguing place for the sixteen-year-old's rampant curiosity. A voracious reader, Ruby wonders at mysteries in books and sees possible mysteries in the secrecy that surrounds Oak Ridge. She finds a kindred spirit in Iris, a young wife and mother who has moved to Oak Ridge with her scientist husband, and who chafes at the intellectual emptiness of her new home and life. Faraway events don't seem likely to answer any of Ruby's questions, but as the war grows more destructive Ruby begins to realize that her curiosity--like her deepening feelings for Iris--may be more dangerous than she could possibly imagine.

Grade Level

6-8

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; homosexual; lesbian; lesbian teenager; same sex relationship

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Appalachian

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

female/female

Awards

Golden Crown Literary Award, 2014, Winner, Young Adult
Lambda Literary Award, 2014, Finalist, LGBT Children's/Young Adult

Keywords

teenage girls; housewives; World War II; secrets; Oak Ridge; reading; journal; social class

Diversity Impact

indirect

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