Secret Friends (Paperback)

By Elizabeth Laird

Macmillan Children's Books, 9781529015409, 160pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/23/1997)

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What's the good in keeping secrets? Rafaella doesn't find it easy to make friends. She looks and feels different from the others at school. And Lucy is the first to tease, the first to call her "Earwig," until they get to know one another and Lucy sees that Rafaella is full of hopes and ideas, just like she is. Lucy loves keeping her own secret friend, until tragedy strikes and secrets can't be kept any longer. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Book Award and reissued with new illustrations, more than 20 years after first publication, Elizabeth Laird's moving and unflinching novella brings home the crucial importance of cultivating empathy in young people.

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of The Garbage King, The Prince Who Walked with Lions, and The Fastest Boy in the World. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal six times

Praise For Secret Friends

"Humane and honest . . . It conveys so much, so simply and so well." —Scotsman

"[A] fine weepy with a moral, about the dangers of playground cliquishness and cruelty." —Sunday Times