Title: Dirty Little Secrets
Author: Cynthia Jaynes Omololu
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 2, 2010
When 16 year-old Lucy comes home to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics in their garbage-filled home, she hesitates as she starts to dial 911. She hardly notices the mountains of stuff that fill every available space in the entire house or smells the decay anymore - but she knows the paramedics will, and so will the news cameras that will follow. They’ll notice the garbage and the smell and wonder how anyone ever lived like this. Only freaks live like this.
As she stares at the cell phone, Lucy can already hear the echoes of “Garbage Girl” and picture the look of disgust on everyone’s faces. With a best friend, the perfect boyfriend and a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has to decide how far she’ll go to keep the family secrets safe.