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Do you want to know a secret?

Fallibility and forgiveness are explored in two middle-grade family-drama novels

EDITOR’S CHOICE

BY SHANDA DEZIEL

The Disappearing Boy

Sonia Tilson

Nimbus Publishing, Ages 9–13

The Things Owen Wrote

Jessica Scott Kerrin

Groundwood Books, Ages 9–13

TWO NEW middle-grade novels cover a lot of ground, both literally and figuratively. Neil, the 13-year-old protagonist of The Disappearing Boy, moves from Vancouver to Ottawa, then runs away to Saint John, New Brunswick. Meanwhile, Owen, in The Things Owen Wrote, travels from his home in Red Deer, Alberta, to Reykjavik, Iceland, over the course of a weekend. Neil is fleeing a family secret, while Owen is trying to cover one up.

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