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Voice of Youth Advocates Review

The Voices of Youth Advocates have come in with a great review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY.  Here’s a snippet: “Andreu’s debut novel paints a realistic, yet hopeful, portrayal of the challenges of undocumented immigrants. M.T.’s first person narration gives readers an intimate view of the precarious nature of her life. Fueled by Andreu’s […]

“A novel about the high price of keeping secrets”

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You’d expect that a novel named THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a little about keeping secrets.  That’s just one of the reasons I love this review from the super-site TeenReads.com.  It starts, “THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a novel about the high price of keeping secrets and the desperate need to find somewhere […]

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Publishers Weekly Review

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In the “wow, this is really happening,” category of this whole experience, The Secret Side of Empty has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly! I was shopping for bedding in preparation for house guests when the Google News alert came in. Needless to say, the sheets had to wait a bit while I read the review. […]

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Read the Kirkus Review of The Secret Side of Empty

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Waiting for reviews of your book to come in is like sending your baby off to kindergarten and then waiting all day to find out if she cried and was miserable or made friends and had fun.  Nerve-racking. That’s why it was a huge relief to get the first review of The Secret Side of […]

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Quotes from The Secret Side of Empty

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“I am like the blot test of heritage. People see what they want to see.” M.T. “You can’t judge people by who they’re related to. I am the poster child for that.” M.T. “He hugs me, and I feel the same sparks from the movies, but all over the front of my body. This guy […]

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Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Chelsea

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Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Chelsea

Chelsea is golden-haired, rich, drives a BMW and attracts guys without trying.  Also, she’s a great best friend to M.T., the main character. Chelsea first caught M.T.’s attention in kindergarten, when one small gesture helped her see that Chelsea was the kind of friend you want to keep around for life.  And she hasn’t disappointed […]

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Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – M.T.

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Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – M.T.

M.T. has a lot of things going for her.  She gets great grades without trying too hard.  She has an awesome best friend, Chelsea, who has stuck with her since kindergarten.  She’s just met a cute guy who is about to become her boyfriend.  All in all, senior year should be looking up.  But it’s […]

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Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Nate

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Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Nate

Nate is the kind of first boyfriend M.T. has always dreamed of having: sweet and cute, with a great sense of humor and a terrible jump shot.  A little bit shy, he first tells M.T. that he loves her via post-it note.  But at least he tells her.  And that adds a magic to M.T.’s […]

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Skype in the Classroom – Setting up book chats

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Technology makes possible unprecedented connections between readers and writers.  Whereas before students could only connect with authors that traveled to their part of the world, today, with technology like Skype, both the writer and the reader can be anywhere.  Which is awesome! I am setting up Skype visits for this coming spring and fall.  As […]

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Discussion Questions for The Secret Side of Empty

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Click here to download a PDF of the Common-core aligned discussion guide for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY by Maria E. Andreu Why doesn’t M.T. want to be called by her full name? Why is M.T. so mad at her mother? What is the main theme of The Secret Side of Empty?  In what ways […]

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