Book review: Nobody’s Secret, by Michaela MacColl

MacColl Nobody's SecretMacColl, Michaela. Nobody’s Secret. Chronicle, 2013. $16.99. 240p. 978-1-4521-08660-5. Ages 10-14. P8Q8

Emily Dickinson is the subject of this entry in the author’s series of mysteries using 19th-century women. The title refers to a good-looking young man who the famous poet meets in 1845 as they playfully call each other Mr. and Miss Nobody. After he is found dead in a nearby pond, Dickinson uses the few clues available to solve the mystery of his death. McColl uses her poem, “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” to develop her fictionalized view of the young woman. Her earlier book, Prisoners in the Palace, used a young disadvantaged woman who wants to regain her fortune by putting Queen Victoria on the throne. After Nobody’s Secret, Always Emily featured the Bronte sisters, Emily and Charlotte. A mystery about Louisa May Alcott is due out in April 2015. Intrigue, romance, and adventure make these books easy and interesting reads about famous women.

December 2014 review by Nel Ward.

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