The Art of Secrets

By James Klise
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781616201951, 272pp.)

Publication Date: April 2014

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"A Fire Destroys . . .A Treasure Appears . . .A Crime Unfolds . . ."An Edgar Award Winner, Best YA Novel 2015 A Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" 2014 A "Booklist "Editors' Choice, Books for Youth 2014 A "Booklist "Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth 2014 When Saba Khan's apartment burns in a mysterious fire, possibly a hate crime, her Chicago high school rallies around her. Her family moves rent-free into a luxury apartment, Saba's Facebook page explodes, and she starts (secretly) dating a popular boy. Then a quirky piece of art donated to a school fund-raising effort for the Khans is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Saba's life turns upside down again. Should Saba's family have all that money? Or should it go to the students who found the art? Or to the school? And just what caused that fire? Greed, jealousy, and suspicion create an increasingly tangled web as students andteachers alike debate who should get the money and begin to point fingers and make accusations. The true story of the fire that sets events in motion and what happens afterward gradually comes together in an innovative narrative made up of journal entries, interviews, articles, letters, text messages, and other documents.

About the Author
James Klise is the author of "Love Drugged, " which was an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and received glowing reviews. He lives in Chicago, where he works as a high school librarian. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including "StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, Ascent, " and "Southern Humanities Review. The Art of Secrets" is his second novel.
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