Rules for Secret Keeping (Hardcover)

By Lauren Barnholdt

Aladdin Paperbacks, 9781416980209, 280pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2010



Samantha Carmichael has made a business out of shuttling secrets--drop your secret and a dollar into locker #321, and it gets anonymously delivered without being read. Samantha ensures confidentiality and discretion, and her gig is so successful that You Girl magazine has named her a finalist for Tween Entrepreneur of the Year. But when her classmate Olivia starts a secret-passing business of her own, Sam learns that imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery. And when a secret leaks out that puts Sam's own clandestine crush at stake, the battle of the businesses gets personal.

Praise For Rules for Secret Keeping

"Barnholdt does a good job keeping readers interested in the life of a middle school girl and the drama that surrounds it. She incorporates modern technology, fashion, popularity, and boy/girl concerns into her narrative, which will be a hit with the audience." –Sherry Rampey, Gaston Branch Library, SC

-SLJ January 2011

"Readers will engage with her optimistic energy and relate to her desire for things to just work out, for Pete’s sake." KC

--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, January 2011