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◆ 2020 Readers' Favorite GOLD MEDAL winner for Children's Mystery
◆ 2020 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards SILVER MEDAL for Pre-Teen - Mature Issues
12-year-old Rocky's father dies suddenly, and he learns the "his heart stopped" story he has been told is bogus. Immediately after the funeral, his mother sticks the For-Sale sign in the lawn and whisks them out of town as if living there has become too dangerous. As his trust in his one remaining parent unravels, Rocky is determined to crack the secret about how his father really died.
For Rocky, the road to the truth involves eavesdropping, snooping, and listening to advice from his dead father who urges him to go on a risky journey.
But sometimes it might be better for a secret to stay secret. Will Rocky have to rethink the father he thought he knew?
"""Invoking an air of secrecy along with a young boy's potential first love as he moves towards becoming a man, SWALLOWED BY A SECRET written by Risa Nyman is an appealing page-turner that takes a look at worthy issues.""
""Nyman's engaging tale features two immensely likable characters in Rocky and Olive. With Rocky's goal established early, the story moves at a steady clip. Sensational tween characters propel this lighthearted but sentimental tale.""
""A contemporary and realistic tale with a little dash of magical realism thrown in, this is a somewhat serious and emotive story that deals with grief, betrayal, secrets and other social issues for young people who have lost a parent.""
SWALLOWED BY A SECRET takes readers on a mysterious grand adventure while addressing serious issues with sensitivity and heart. Full of humor, friendship, and authentic emotion, this book will be loved by kids and parents alike.
--Jessica Bayliss, author of TEN AFTER CLOSING and BROKEN CHORDS