Nobody's Secret (Hardcover)

By Michaela MacColl

Chronicle Books, 9781452108605, 241pp.

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/4/2014)

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One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, this novel celebrates Emily Dickinson's intellect and spunk in a page-turner of a book that will excite fans of mystery, romance, and poetry alike.

About the Author

Michaela MacColl studied multi-disciplinary history at Vassar College and Yale University, which turns out to be the perfect degree for writing historical fiction. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and three extremely large cats in Connecticut.

Praise For Nobody's Secret

"This imaginative take on the young poet... will find a wide audience for both classroom connections and personal reading." - Booklist

" I would recommend this book to all readers who like history." - Reading Teen

"I would recommend this to anybody who is looking for a fun middle-grade/teen mystery. It kept me interested to the very last page." - Reading Teen

"Gracefully folds factual elements of Dickinson's life and work into the fiction."-The Horn Book Magazine

"For readers interested in Emily Dickinson and her poetry, this would certainly be of interest." - Stacked

"A suspenseful, often humorous historical novel... MacColl demonstrates how accessible Dickinson's poetry was." - Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

"MacColl masterfully weaves Dickinson's poetry into the tale."--Library Media Connection

"Suspenseful, often humorous. inventive" - Shelf Awareness

"MacColl takes a character that most people do not really know much about and brings her to life... fun, interesting reading" - VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

"MacColl skillfully draws from Dickenson's life to create a vision of the young poet as sharp-thinking, nature-obsessed, and determinedly curious." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"MacColl once again brings a strong female protagonist to life" - School Library Journal, Starred Review