Author: N. Joy
Illustrations by Nancy Devard
Interest Level: Ages 7-12
About This Book: Can you keep a secret? Olivia has a secret - a BIG secret. It's a secret that she tells only to her very best friend. And her friend promises she won't say a word. But the secret is really BIG and really Juicy. What happens when a trusted friend slips and the secret gets out?
Why It's On My Bookshelf: I have loved using this book for the past few years. AND I still LOVE it. In 4th grade, I notice the start of a huge surge of gossip and rumors. Sometimes it turns really mean. I know, sad. I start reading The Secret That Olivia Told Me in 2nd grade. You gotta start early on icky gossiping behavior. I keep this book on display in my room. The powerful cover is a reminder to guard yourself from gossip. Kids love the illustrations and the metaphor of the balloon. This is a useful tool so do not hesitate even for a second about whether you should put this book on your shelf.
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