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Seven for a Secret

Written by Mary C. Sheppard

  • 192 Pages
  • 9780888995070
  • 7.130" x 4.250"
  • Reading age from 12 to 15
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Situations)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Adolescence


Publication Date March 01, 2002

In Cook's Cove, a small outport village on the west coast of Newfoundland, summers are short but sweet, and fifteen-year-old Melinda expects this one to be no different. She's looking forward to two idyllic months of garden parties, socials and long talks into the night with her cousins Rebecca and Kate.

The cousins have spent summers together ever since they can remember. Rebecca's the goody-goody homemaker. Studious Kate, who lives in the city, is determined not to let a boyfriend get in the way of her plans for the future. Then there's outspoken Melinda, who loves to scandalize the village biddies. The girls are like sisters; they watch out for each other, and nothing can ever come between them.

But when a stranger comes to the village and invites Rebecca to go to Boston to develop her artistic talent, the cousins are suddenly exposed to the possibilities of the outside world and the chance to fulfil their latent dreams.

Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award 2002

Selected for the CLA Young Adult Canadian Book Award (Honor Book) 2002

Selected for the YALSA BBYA YALSA BBYA 2003


Mary C. Sheppard
Mary C. Sheppard is a journalist and the author of three young adult books that are set in Newfoundland. She was born in Corner Brook, and has seven sisters and one brother. Her first book, Seven for a Secret, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and was named a top ten book by the American Library Association. Mary lives in Toronto.


Star Review

"Sheppard goes from strength to strength here. Her description of a place both comforting and oppressive is written with perfect pitch, and she doesn't compromise with the ending." Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"Sheppard perfectly captures the dialect, and records, with vivid truth, details that render life in the outposts unique and yet universal." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW