Olivia’s secret is told and shared and as it gets bigger and bigger, Olivia’s friend is worried that their friendship will end.
The book is an honor Coretta Scott King Award book. The black and white illustrations feature profiles or outlines of the characters making the reader easily see themselves in the roles.
Cause and effect could be discussed with this book. Because Olivia tells the secret, the effect is that she almost loses her friendship and trust.
Symbolism: The balloon is a symbol for the secret.
The author asks some questions at the end of the book. One is a great one to stimulate discussion. It is: Are there any secrets you shouldn’t keep?”