My pick this week is:
Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu
Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others.
For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother's hoarding a secret. She's had to—nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she's always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she's normal.
When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children—they'll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.
With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?
~ I love the creepy sort of feeling the cover has because it just calls to you to pick it up.
~ Cyn is a 10'er and everyone knows 10'ers are awesome.
~ Dying from a stack of National Geographics is kind of a weird way to go, don't you agree?
~ The plot sounds interesting.
~ And I LOVE the title!
Dirty Little Secerts will be released April 2010 from Walker Books for Young Readers!
Update: Cyn just announced on her site that DLL will actually be coming out in February '10 instead of April! :)