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Living in Secret (edition 1999)

by Cristina Salat

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From Amazon: In this, virtually the only novel for middle-grade readers that deals with some of the issues confronting children of gay parents, 11-year-old Amelia runs away from her father's home to live with her mother and her mother's lover Janey in California. She must take on a new identity because if she is discovered, her mother and Janey might be arrested. Can her secret life go on forever? Publishers Weekly. Amelia was excited about escaping from her father's house to go live with her mother and her mom's lesbian lover in San Francisco. However, the 12-year-old soon discovers that having an assumed name, lying to her new friends about her past and negotiating the maze of complications arising from her mom's lifestyle isn't as much fun as she thought it would be. But when her father finally hunts her down and forces her to return home, Amelia is able to draw strength from her experiences to make a difficult choice. This first novel tackles some hefty social issues including racism, homosexuality, lawbreaking, personal integrity and justice. Though Salat's carefully worded treatment generates options for the reader, her style is constrained and lacks spontaneity. Still, this is a courageous, thought-provoking and thorough foray into some tough, worthy concerns. Ages 9-12. (Feb.)
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Ever since Amelia's parents got divorced, she has wished she could live with her mother and her mother's girlfriend, Janey, but a judge gave her father custody. Finally, after years of living apart, Amelia, and her mom decide there is only one thing to do. On a cold October night, Amelia's mother comes to steal her away. For Amelia, living in secret means changing her name, not going to school, and pretending she is twelve instead of eleven. The adventure of beginning a whole new life, with brand new family and friends, is marred only by the shadow of a past that could shatter the present in an instant, should anyone find out who Amelia really is.

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Amelia's mother helps her run away from her father who has custody and establish a new home and identity in San Francisco with her mother's girlfriend.

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