The Secret-Keeper

The Secret-Keeper

By Kate Coombs; Heather M. Solomon (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9780689839634, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 2006


In the village of Maldinga, anyone troubled by a secret knows just where to take it -- by following the winding path through the woods to Kalli's cottage. Tailors and farmers, marriage-makers and bakers -- almost everyone comes to see Kalli, for she is the village secret-keeper, and over the years she has stored hundreds of secrets. But one long winter, Kalli falls ill, and the weight of the hidden secrets begins to catch up with her. Spring brings the curious villagers, who wonder what ails their secret-keeper. The time has come for them to help Kalli and for her to learn some unexpected secrets. Is it possible not all secrets are sad? And could someone have a secret that's just for Kalli?

An original fairy tale as beautifully illustrated as it is told, The Secret-Keeper is a book to share with everyone.

About the Author
Kate Coombs has written six previous books for children, including the award winning poetry collection Water Sings Blue. A former teacher of every grade from kindergarten through college, Kate lives in Utah, where she is curriculum director for Gibbs Smith Education.

Heather M. Solomon was named a "Publishers Weekly" Flying Start for "Clever Beatrice, " winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She is also the illustrator of "Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony" by Margaret Willey and "If I Were a Lion" by Sarah Weeks. She lives in New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and son, who especially love to share joyous secrets.