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Higgins, F. E.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2007.
ISBN 0312368445
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Ludlow Fitch’s diary begins thus: “When I opened my eyes I knew that nothing in my miserable life prior to that moment could possibly be as bad as what was about to happen.” This is because he was strapped in a chair, while the loathsome Barton Gumbroot was preparing to pull out all his teeth, to be sold by his greedy and unfeeling parents. Ludlow’s dramatic escape put him in league with mysterious pawnbroker Joe Zabbidou, who traded people’s deepest, darkest secrets for cash. As his apprentice, Ludlow’s job was to scribe these confessions into the “Black Book of Secrets”. But the most disturbing secrets of all may have been the apprentice’s own…   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2008-2009)
SUBJECTS: Secrets -- Fiction.
                    Pawnbrokers -- Fiction.
                    Apprentices Fiction.

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