The Secret Life of a Funny Girl
It’s the year of our Lord 1971, and Maureen O’Neill is one of the smartest girls at Fatima Academy. One of the funniest, too. Her teachers don’t like it, but her friends think she’s a riot. But one day her world begins to crumble apart, and Maureen is forced to keep a terrible secret. Meanwhile, the girls are whispering about her, the boys are starting to notice her, and the teachers are driving her crazy. The Secret Life of a Funny Girl is award-winning writer Susan Chalker Browne’s tenth book for children and her first young adult novel.
Susan Chalker Browne has won a variety of writing awards for her children’s books and, in this reviewer’s opinion, her first young adult novel is absolutely deserving of the same treatment. For so many reasons, The Secret Life of a Funny Girl is a memorable book which I am thrilled to have read and which I cannot recommend highly enough!-- CM: Canadian Review of Materials --
This is a coming-of-age story with a good dramatic arc and supportive narrative heft.-- The Telegram --
This is a coming of age story set in the early 1970's, where gender roles are stereotypical and societal stigma around mental illness abounds. The language, technology and social customs accurately portray the era.-- Resource Links --
Browne has written an authentic tale in the voice of a thirteen year-old girl who shows maturity beyond her years through a difficult situation. I would recommend this book to early teen readers.-- Amy’s Marathon of Books --
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