Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Lyon, George Ella.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004
IL 5-8, RL 5.3
ISBN 0689851685
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Every family has its secrets.  But this family seems to have an inordinate number of them.  Set in the South in the 1950s, the family is a secretive, eccentric, small town family that tries desperately to look normal to those around them.  Thirteen-year-old Sonny has been trying to figure out the secrets for a long time.  When he was six, his mother threw a plate at his father who then promptly left the home never to return.  On his way out, Sonny overheard him say "A man can't live in a house of spies."  What could he possibly have meant?  What are the secrets that are lurking under the surface?
SUBJECTS:     Coming of age -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Single-parent families -- Fiction.
                        Race relations -- Fiction.
                        Homosexuality -- Fiction.
                        Alabama -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
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