Secret Schools

Education goes undercover in this compelling look at some of the world’s most secretive schools through history

Can you keep a secret? What if it meant hiding from your loved ones, sneaking out late at night, or risking imprisonment? And what if that secret was that you were going to school?

From covert classrooms created by enslaved Africans in the United States, to academic schools disguised as “sewing lessons” for women in Afghanistan, to espionage schools run by powerful governments, Secret Schools explores the hidden classrooms that have opened their doors so children and adults could learn.

Vivid linocut illustrations and interesting facts enhance the book’s 15 true stories of resilience and courage in the pursuit of education. Accompanying profiles for each story introduce readers to an important person who played a significant role in each secret school. Concluding with a look at inventive approaches to education in today’s world, this deep dive into clandestine learning will invite readers to think deeply about the meaning of education and the barriers many face in accessing it.

Booklist: “An interesting, often inspiring overview of a topic rarely examined for this age group that will motivate readers to explore further.”
Open Book
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– BookFlap: What Exactly is a Secret School? 
– Quill & Quire
– Kirkus Reviews: “Inspiring tributes to select underground and nontraditional schools and those who founded them.”
– Owlkids Books Creator Corner
– New and Notable Nonfiction – SLJ Day of Dialog video
– Northshire Bookstore (staff pick)
– Cannonballread
– BC Teachers Federation magazine 
Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

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