The Unquiet Past
I received this advanced reading copy of Kelley's newest novel to preview. This book is part of the soon to be very popular Secrets series about seven orphans who must leave their orphanage after a fire.
Tess decides to follow up on an address written on an old wrinkled piece of paper. It is the only clue to her past. She hopes that she will be able to find someone who knows her birth story.
I have always enjoyed the way Kelley develops rich believable characters in her novels. I immediately liked Tess and wanted to know more about her family history.
I think students in grades 7-8 will enjoy the story and quickly connect to the characters. The hint of romance always makes the story more appealing. I also think they will want to know how Tess finds a new supportive family.
This would make a great read aloud as it would stimulate discussions and questions around mental health and medical ethics. Learning a little about the past in this historical fiction may help students understand the need for effective well-being initiatives today.