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Izzie Book Three: Patricia's Secret

TitleIzzie Book Three: Patricia's Secret
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsWilson, Budge
PublisherPenguin Canada
ISBN Number0143050079 9780143050070
DescriptorsChapter Book; English Language; Families; Friendship; Halifax; Nova Scotia; Rural to urban migration; Second World War; Unemployment; War

Nova Scotia

Age Range


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It is June, 1942, and, though World War II continues overseas—where Izzie Publicover’s dad is stationed in the navy—life back in Canada continues, albeit with sacrifices and the anxious wait for news from the front. Izzie, her brother Joey and her mother have moved from Granite Cove to Woodside, Nova Scotia, where Izzie’s mom is laid off from her job in a sugar refinery. However, Mrs. Publicover is promised a job with Imperial Oil if she can learn to type. A chance to spend the summer back in Granite Cove isn’t as carefree as Izzie hopes: the family hears worrying news about Mr. Publicover, leading Patricia, Izzie’s British evacuation friend, to reveal a mysterious secret. Patricia’s Secret is a chapter book written in third person, past tense. Each chapter is illustrated with black and white pencil drawings.


"Later that day, Izzie cut open the letter that she'd written to her father the day before. She hadn't known whether she should send a complaining letter to someone who might be torpedoed five minutes after he got the letter, so she hadn't mailed it yet. She decided now that she'd keep the miserable letter in the envelope but add a new one. Leaving the sad one in would make the second one...what? She searched around in her hand for the word she wanted. Then she knew. It would make the second one more dramatic.
     Dear Dad ... Mum has to learn to type. Her new boss lent her a typewriter, and Rosalie gave her a book that teaches how to do it. Rosalie put white tape on all the keys. Poor Mum. Now she can't see the letters. But she's very brave and also very determined. I was going to say stubborn, but I looked it up in my school dictionary, and I decided that determined was a nicer word" (28-29).