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Secrets!: The Secret Life of David Mortimore Baxter
Secrets!: The Secret Life of David Mortimore Baxter
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Secrets!: The Secret Life of David Mortimore Baxter

by Karen Tayleur
Illustrated by Brann Garvey

David Mortimore Baxter becomes famous for being good at keeping secrets. Big secrets. More and more people confide in him, until David's ready to explode. How can he keep so many secrets, when he knows that blabbing them out loud might actually help his family and friends?

PublisherStone Arch Books
Age Level9-13 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 3/4 x 8 1/4
Page Count96



School Library Journal - Debbie Whitbeck; West Ottawa Public Schools

"In the first of these humorous stories, David describes his family, friends, teachers, etc., and shares his best excuses for getting out of work at home and at school. The book is full of subheadings and handy tips. Secrets! is the stronger title. A famous wrestler shares an important secret with Davey and asks him not to tell. When the athlete accepts the Hall of Fame award (the secret) on national television, he acknowledges the trust he has in his friend. After the boy's 15 minutes of fame, life gets crazy. A student inadvertently downloads an image on the class computer and upsets the teacher, the whole class gets punished, and the guilty student confesses to David. Others also confide in him, and he is miserable. Numerous spot illustrations appear on the endpapers and throughout the pages; ink blots serve as chapter breaks. The texts are full of font changes and extra spacing. The glossaries and Web sites aren't especially useful; discussion questions and writing prompts are included. Billed as high-interest realistic fiction, these books will appeal to their target audiences. -Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI" - School Library Journal

March 1, 2007


PRINT Magazine

PRINT Magazine 2007 Regional Design Annual

January 1, 2007

American Graphic Design Award

2007 American Graphic Design Award

January 1, 2007

Karen Tayleur

Karen Tayleur

When Karen Tayleur was growing up, her father told her many stories about his own childhood. These stories continued to grow. She says, "I always enjoyed the retelling, and wanted to create a character who had the same abilities with 'bending the truth.' " And David Mortimore Baxter was born! Karen lives in Australia with her husband, two children, two cats, and one dog.

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