The Art of Secrets

The Art of Secrets

eBook - 2014
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A fire destroys . . . A treasure appears . . . A crime unfolds . . . When Saba Khan's apartment burns in a mysterious fire, possibly a hate crime, her Chicago high school rallies around her. Her family moves rent-free into a luxury apartment, Saba's Facebook page explodes, and she starts (secretly) dating a popular boy. Then a quirky piece of art donated to a school fund-raising effort for the Khans is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Saba's life turns upside down again. Should Saba's family have all that money? Or should it go to the students who found the art? Or to the school? And just what caused that fire? Greed, jealousy, and suspicion create an increasingly tangled web as students and teachers alike debate who should get the money and begin to point fingers and make accusations. The true story of the fire that sets events in motion and what happens afterward gradually comes together in an innovative narrative made up of journal entries, interviews, articles, letters, text messages, and other documents.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Algonquin Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781616204037
1616204036
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (250 pages).

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sandette
Jun 21, 2015

Meh, alright. The different medias and ways of portraying information was interesting (through letters, emails, newspaper articles, journal entries) but the story itself was boring and anticlimactic. The ending confused me too.

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DUA SHEHADEH
Apr 30, 2014

When Saba Khan’s apartment burns in a mysterious fire, possibly a hate crime, her Chicago high school rallies around her. Her family moves rent-free into a luxury apartment, Saba’s Facebook page explodes, and she starts (secretly) dating a popular boy. Then a quirky piece of art donated to a school fund-raising effort for the Khans is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Saba’s life turns upside down again. Should Saba’s family have all that money? Or should it go to the students who found the art? Or to the school? And just what caused that fire?

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epstowe
Jul 13, 2014

"Moreover, after the famous fire, every person at the school knows who this girl is, and they stare all the time with eyes that are very curious, as if Saba is the thing on fire, not only her apartment."

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