Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Hello, Christina Diaz Gonzalez! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! Thank you so much for stopping by to share Concealed’s cover. What ran through your head and your heart the first time you saw Baily Crawford’s cover design?

Christina Diaz Gonzalez: I was so thrilled to see how Baily chose to represent the lies and cover-ups that form such a big part of the story. The fact that the main character’s face is partially hidden by the title of the book and how the image itself has echoes in different colors really highlights the world of secrets that the reader is about to enter.

Scenario: Imagine you’re booktalking Concealed to sixth graders. What do you share with them about the book?

Christina Diaz Gonzalez: Concealed is the story of a girl (currently named Katrina) who believes she and her parents are in the Witness Protection Program… having to change their names and move every time their cover could be revealed. But when her parents disappear, Katrina discovers that living a life of lies has been the biggest lie of them all. She discovers that the only way to save her parents is to find out the truth about who she is and why they have been on the run… even if it means destroying everything she has ever believed about herself and her family.

Please finish the following sentence starters:

I hope Concealed is a fun, exciting, and entertaining story that also makes the reader think about what really makes us who we are.

Katrina and Parker are two kids who rise up to meet unexpected threats by trusting themselves and each other.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me if I’ve ever had a secret identity. My answer would be… I get to have one every time I write a book because I get to see the world through the character’s eyes and pretend to be them!

Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the award-winning author of Moving Target, The Red Umbrella, and A Thunderous Whisper. Her books have received numerous honors and recognitions including the Florida Book Award and the Nebraska Book Award. They have also been named the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and the International Reading Association's Teachers' Choice.

Look for Concealed on October 19, 2021. 

Scholastic's Description: 

What is it like to be a girl with no name, no past, and no home?



And now: Katrina

Whatever her name is, it won’t last long. Katrina doesn’t know any of the details about her past, but she does know that she and her parents are part of the Witness Protection Program. Whenever her parents say they have to move and start over, she takes on a new identity. A new name, new hair color, new story.

Until their location leaks and her parents disappear. Forced to embark on a dangerous rescue mission, Katrina and her new friend Parker set out to save her parents—and find the truth about her secret past and the people that want her family dead.

But every new discovery reveals that Katrina’s entire life has been built around secrets covered up with lies and her parents were actually the ones keeping the biggest secret of all. Katrina must now decide if learning the whole truth is worth the price of losing everything she has ever believed about herself and her family.

Award-winning author Christina Diaz Gonzalez has created a twisty, action-packed story about what truly determines our identities.


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