The Monkey's Secret by Gennifer Choldenko


The Monkey's Secret by Gennifer Choldenko

A segregated town, a hidden boy, a courageous girl - and a mystery in desperate need of solving. San Francisco, 1900. Thirteen-year-old Lizzy Kennedy is not like the other girls in her town. She'd much rather be helping her doctor father with his patients than be stuck in frilly dresses and learn how to dance - but unfortunately for her, society (and her Aunt Hortense) has other ideas about what is 'proper' for a young lady. This includes not poking your nose in other's people's business - but then Jing, their beloved housekeeper, gets stuck in the Chinatown quarantine. Fear rules San Francisco - fear of the Chinese, and mostly fear of the plague rumours that circle them. Lizzie knows she has to help Jing, whatever the warnings. But what she doesn't expect to find is a strange boy hiding in Jing's room. The boy is called Noah. He says he's Jing's son - although Lizzie's never heard of him - and although he's escaped the quarantine, he can't risk leaving the house in case he gets rounded-up too. Lizzie wants to investigate, but it seems her questions only get people riled up. Is there really plague in San Francisco? What have the Chinese got to do with it? Just what or who is the mysterious 'monkey' - and what has his secret got to do with anything? Lizzie will have to use all of her courage, instinct and cleverness to unravel the mystery of the monkey's secret, save Jing, Noah and Chinatown - and maybe even her change her own destiny.


A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance Kirkus Reviews This engrossing mystery perfectly balances heart and intrigue, proving once again Choldenko's talent for packaging history within a story that kids are bound to love. -- Julia Smith Booklist Choldenko's latest features a fast-paced plot that will appeal to lovers of both mystery and historical fiction School Library Journal Reviews This book is a masterpiece ... wonderfully told and deserves praise galore. The Guardian (Praise for AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS) [T]he book is hard to put down. You have been warned! -- Rudolf Loewenstein School Library Association

About the Author

Gennifer Choldenko was born in Santa Monica, California, and was the youngest of four kids, all of whom had big mouths. Gennifer spent a lot of her childhood by herself making up words, stories, songs, and jokes, none of which made a lot of sense. After graduating from Brandeis University with a degree in English, she went to work in advertising, but stopped after realising that all of her work was beginning to sound like the that of a big mouth twelve-year-old... At which point she went to Art School, but instead of getting her portfolio together, she wrote her first novel (she does her best work when she's supposed to be doing something else). Read more about Gennifer and her books, including her bestselling AL CAPONE DOES MY... series, at or on Twitter: @choldenko

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

6th August 2015



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Hot Key Books is an imprint of Hot Key

logo Hot Key Books, a division of Bonnier Publishing, publish stand out, quality fiction, for 9 – 19 year olds, print and digital that people like to talk about. If you are looking for something a little bit different from your books, something a little bit special then Hot Key Books may well have just what you want.

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