Chasing Secrets: A Deadly Surprise in a City of Lies

6 CDs. 7:03 hrs. Listening Library. 2015. $40. ISBN 9781101916353. digital download.
Gr 5–8—At the turn of the 20th century in San Francisco, spunky 13-year-old Lizzie Kennedy is not at all enamored with the finishing school for girls she's forced to attend, but she thrives on accompanying her physician father to deliver babies or set bones. Family dynamics, gender expectations, lack of regard for servants, racism against the Chinese, politics, Hearst newspapers, and the bubonic plague all come into play as Lizzie uncovers secrets and helps the Chinese cook's son, Noah, deter a mob who threatens to burn down Chinatown. Karissa Vacker's smooth narration keeps this engaging novel moving.
VERDICT This will be a treat for a wide variety of listeners. ["A fast-paced plot that will appeal to lovers of both mystery and historical fiction": SLJ 6/15 review of the Random Wendy Lamb book.]—Deb Whitbeck, formerly of West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI

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