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Secrets in the House of Delgado

By: Gloria D. Miklowitz

Historical Fiction

By order of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, all Jews must leave Spain by July 31, 1492. Are the Delgados Jewish? Their servant, Maria, must find out the truth ... but does she really want to know?

Ages: 10+

192 pages

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Average Rating: (68 Ratings)

Amazing but sad!!!
Submitted 7/4/2019 by Bostonpops

This book made me think about my family history . I actually found out that some of my family might have left Spain at the time this book takes place! The whole time I was reading this book I felt like I was really there. I highly recommend this for summer reading! =D

what an amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 4/6/2019 by happygirl4ever

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Secrets in the House of the Delgado was an amazing book in was real I could feel how the characters were feeling I live to my word, WHAT A AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Must-Read
Submitted 1/4/2019 by ENDReader

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Secrets in the House of Delgado is about Maria Sanchez, an orphan, who becomes a servant for the youngest in the Delgado family, Angelica Delgado. This amazingly amazing book involves action, acts of random kindness, sadness, romance, and guilt. Like I said in the title, this book is a must-read!

I liked it a lot
Submitted 12/2/2018 by smiliegirl

I loved this book!

It was really great and very interesting. It gets a little sad but has a really good/bittersweet ending

Kinda good but disappointing
Submitted 11/4/2018 by DinosaursAreAwesome

This book was just OK

I posted a different review right after I read this saying this was the best book ever and stuff like that but the truth is it’s not that great. I was bored when I read this and needed something interesting to read so that’s why I might have liked it at the time.

The plot line is very interesting. It in the end it turns out to not get anywhere AT ALL. I read to the end waiting for the interesting part to happen but it just never did. That was really disappointing because it would be a very good book if it got anywhere.

I also didn’t like the main character, I see why you might like her or feel bad for her because she’s poor with no family, and because it seems like you’re supposed to like someone since they’re a main character, but she was a bad, untrustworthy person in general.

This book sounds like something you would want to read but I don’t recommend it.

BORING!
Submitted 11/1/2018 by WhirlyGirly

I really thought it would be good but it was just too boring

REALLY GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!
Submitted 9/7/2018 by Av1dReader

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

You should read this! The main character had to make big choices!

THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!!!!!
Submitted 9/3/2018 by NeedingReading

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This is such a good book! The reason I gave it 4 stars and not five is because it was a bit slow, and at some times it could be boring. For this book, to enjoy it, you have to read it to the end, or else you will just be bored of it. If you are looking for a book with sadness, romance, excitement, and cliff hangers, than this book is for you!!!!

Happy reading!!!
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pick this book! pick this book!!
Submitted 8/10/2018 by crazyfun

I loved this book!

This book helped me find out what happened to Jews, and people who had to convert from being Jewish. It's great if you like mystery. I would totally recommend this book, it's full of adventure and heartbreak(good heartbreak though). It's one of the best books I've ever read. Totally get.

It’s hard to appreciate a book where you can’t appreciate the characters.
Submitted 8/10/2018 by popover

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

The book’s “heroine” herself was immoral. When nearly all of a book’s characters are people who you wouldn’t want to meet in real life, including all but one of the main characters, you can’t really feel for them. I learned a little bit more about the Spanish Inquisition, but it still wasn’t worth the read.

Will read it over and over again
Submitted 7/2/2018 by PJTL

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This is one of my favorite books. I have read it 5 times in the past month. It really made me think about when you get to know a family really well, you start to treat them like family. You start to care about them, and keep them safe.

I Loved this Book!
Submitted 3/7/2018 by FelineFriend

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

If you love exiting stories with lots of twists and turns, pick this book! The main character is named Maria and she must choose between what she knows is right and the thing her instincts are telling her. Also, Secrets in the House of Delgado is awesome to read more than once. Pick this book!

I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 3/1/2018 by NJBuilderGirl

I loved this book!

This book was so good! It was sort of a mystery. It was definitely suspenseful, so if you don't like those kinds of books don't read it but if you do...this is the book for you! It makes you really think about what life was like for jews back then. It makes me think if I were there, would I have been able to stop those horrible things? Read it. See if you like it. I know I did!

This a Great book!
Submitted 2/13/2018 by purpleglasses

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This is a great book that leaves you in suspense.
You should definitely read this book!!!

I can't even put it in words.
Submitted 2/6/2018 by Owls

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

OMG!!! I just love this book! Seriously recommended. 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

do not be afraid to pratice Judiasim and to have Jewish pride!
Submitted 2/4/2018 by belovedlight

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

when I first got this book my older sisters seemed to recognize the authors name. I feel like the Jewish people are my people. my family has been trying to convert to Judaism without my Christian grandparents knowing.

you will like this book if you have been going through similar things!
mazel tov! (congratulations)

AMAZING!!
Submitted 1/31/2018 by feministktanah

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Secrets in the House of Delgado is an amazing book! It's sad, full of emotion, and it gives you an idea of what life was like back then. Read this book! :)

The best book ever!!!!!!
Submitted 1/8/2018 by FlowerClock

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is probably one of the best books I have ever read!!😁😁
Such a good book with lots of emotion. Sadness, happiness, and lots of suspense.
If you like emotion in a book then... GET THIS BOOK!!!!!😁😁😁😁👏👍👍👍👏

Submitted 1/8/2018 by iam9

I would read more books by this author.

if u hate violence, death, love / romance, mysteries, orphans, secrets,





















WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!














if u like that stuff...








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Good Book
Submitted 1/8/2018 by alimay2

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is pretty good. It is fiction and history combined in one book. I was really excited to read this book because I love fiction books. If you like fiction books, this is the book for you. You will also like this book if you like history. I learned a lot of things about being Jewish and Jewish history. Enjoy!

An AMAZING Book!
Submitted 1/8/2018 by ilovebooks2016

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Maria is a servant to a wealthy family, the Delgados, that is known for being Christian. She becomes friends with all of them, especially Angelica and Juan Pablo. She notices a few strange things, but says nothing. But when the people from the church ask her about the Delgados, what should she do? Lie to the heads of the church and defend her friends, or abandon her employers and friends to earn respect? This is an amazing book full of suspense, mystery, and a surprising act of heroism.

Love it!!!
Submitted 1/6/2018 by Charizard

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Amasing Book
Submitted 1/5/2018 by DinosaursAreAwesome

Thumbs up!

I loved this bool. Sometimes you might get really mad at Maria, the main character (i'm not going to say why, because I don't want to spoil it), but it is an excellent book. you MUST read it.

Amazing!
Submitted 1/4/2018 by ilovepjlibrary

Awesome! you really felt for the characters
Submitted 1/3/2018 by Scoobs

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

At first Maria is spying on the Delgados, but after awhile she starts to like them and become really close with them. I would highly recommend this book for you if you like books about friendship and books that are mysterious.

Super book
Submitted 1/3/2018 by freckleface

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Very emotional, religious, but very good.

Pretty good!
Submitted 1/1/2018 by inventingmind

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book was really interesting. You get to here both sides of the story, and find out why the Spanish government was kicking out all Jews, even the Conversos, the Jews that converted to Christianity. I would totally recommend it!

Review by Asher
Submitted 12/12/2017 by Rgcamire

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

“Secrets in the House of Delgado” is a good book by Gloria D. Miklowitz about the Spanish Inquisition. It is really mysterious, and it was soooooooo good! It’s about a maid servant in a Converso household that’s having lot of problems and it’s a little sad at the end.

Good Book!!!!!
Submitted 12/7/2017 by 123magicalbooks

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This was a good book. I did NOT like how she (the author) put it in a Catholic's perspective, though. I felt as though Maria criticized the Jews a lot. Other than that , though I thought that this was a really good book.

awsome!!!!!!
Submitted 12/6/2017 by joyfulnoise

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

really good book !!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted 12/4/2017 by Lola

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I liked this book because it made me think more about keeping secrets and being Jewish.

I loved this book!
Submitted 12/4/2017 by bunnylover28

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

It was a great book because I learned about the Inquisition which is you either convert or leave and if not you could get killed or questioned. So it tells about Maria's experience and how her a pinion changed.

Highly recommend
Submitted 12/3/2017 by CupcakeWarrior

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This was a very interesting story about a Converso family (converted to Catholicism rather than be expelled from Spain in the 1400s) told from the perspective of a young Catholic maidservant who lives with them. Universal themes of loyalty, kindness, and hope are also woven beautifully through this book. I am glad I read it and recommend you read it, too.

Great Book!
Submitted 12/3/2017 by Lula

I loved this book!

This book made me think of if I was living during that time. It's a very good book. I highly recommend this book.

This is awesome!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/2/2017 by MagicalAnimal8

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

WOW! This book is amazing and is about Jews in Spain and it doesn't have that much judaism in it but is still a good book.

This book was so good!
Submitted 12/2/2017 by fpopper

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was such a good book but at the end I was wondering what happened to maria.

What a great book!
Submitted 12/1/2017 by Thaliay

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I love every page of this book. A bit sad at times. I learned a lot

This Is Amazing
Submitted 11/22/2017 by Carebear

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This Is amazing This is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing this is amazing
THIS IS AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As you heard this is really really amazing

Best book ever!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/10/2017 by jayjay123

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book was awesome! In this book the characters are so realistic! The only default is that I wouldn't recommend this book for 7 and under or basically anyone who doesn't like violent stuff. But over all, this book was amazing!

Meh not as good as expected
Submitted 11/9/2017 by ilovebooks!

I thought it was kinda confusing read much better books from PJ library.

AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING
Submitted 11/7/2017 by Carebear

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!! I loved this book so much, you must read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and as I said AMAZING!!!

I did not say I did not like it
Submitted 11/6/2017 by Julybunny

It just was confusing.

Great book👍👍👍 💜💛💚💙❤💗💖💕💟💞💝💓 Really Loved It!!!!!! 😀😁😃😘😏😍😍😍
Submitted 11/5/2017 by smiliegirl

Thumbs up!

Anyone who doesn't enjoy this book i will never understand. It was as perfect as you can get!!!! 😍💟💞💝 💘💗💖💓💜💛💚💙 ❤👅👅👅!!!!!!

A great 👍book!!!!!!! A must read!!!!!! heart
Submitted 11/5/2017 by smiliegirl

BEST BOOK EVER!!!
Submitted 11/5/2017 by soda

Thumbs up!

Exciting and informative
Submitted 11/5/2017 by Kitten

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is about a Catholic girl who becomes a maid for a family of Conversos, who converted from Judaism a long time ago. She wants to like the family, but she becomes suspicious. When the family gets into trouble, she tries her hardest to save them.
This book was exciting and informative. I would definitely read more by this author.

I loved it!
Submitted 11/5/2017 by Farfallina06

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book reflected the 1400's very vividly! Maria was very mean towards Jews in the beginning and very loving and caring at the end when she knew the dangers.

It was pretty good.
Submitted 11/4/2017 by thegronk

This book was just OK

Dont read this if you get sad easily #goodbookeventhoughitssad

I loved it!!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/3/2017 by ilikebooks

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is great!!!!!!!!!!! The only bad part was that the end, it just left me hanging!!!! I was asking myself, "What happens next?'', but the book was finished.

Don't pick this book
Submitted 11/3/2017 by Fungirl123

This book was really scary.Yes it is good until they started beating up people. In the book people were burning and whipping innocent people No one should read this!

THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Submitted 11/3/2017 by joyfulnoise

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I would highly recommend this book.

The author made the Spanish Inquisition seem very real.
I feel like i can connect to Maria and her situation.

This book is awesome! You're got to read it!
Submitted 11/2/2017 by dexisawesome

I loved this book!

One of the best books I've ever read. I think you should read it too. Probably the best PJ Library book I've gotten.

This Was Really Good!
Submitted 11/2/2017 by sparklella12

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is full of mystery and suspense. You are with the people and wishing for them to be OK. READ THIS BOOK!!!!

Secrets in the House of Delgado
Submitted 11/2/2017 by DalekReader

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is awesome! It teaches you a LOT about the Spanish Inquisition. It was really suspenseful, which is why I read it so quickly. I most definitely recommend this book!!!!!!!

BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/1/2017 by Carebear

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was FULL of intrigue and excitement. It was full of mystery, history and had me on the edge of my seat! It is about a girl from a poor family, that looses all of her relatives and is sent to go live with and wealthy converso family, where she works as a servant (a converso is a jewish family who converts to Christianity) While she is there though, she is not just a servant but she becomes very close friends with Angelica, Her master's daughter. Also while she is is there she is given an assignment , she is to watch the Delgado family closely and tell the priest if she sees any signs of the jewish faith. When the priest summons her she finds herself feeling very attached to The Delgados and finds it hard to tell him the truth, The Delgados are good people but Maria thinks they are of Jewish faith, will she choose to save the people she loves or tell the truth for her faith. Find out when you read this AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted 10/30/2017 by luv2read2

cool book!
Submitted 10/17/2017 by hunter05

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

a story from a poor girls point of view. lots of action. emotions.and secrets...............

Loved this book!
Submitted 10/15/2017 by Farfallina06

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book taught me about Conversos and how people did not trust them. This work provided with a beautiful history lesson!

Cool
Submitted 9/5/2017 by pooldays

Looks good

Submitted 9/4/2017 by lovesart120

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Adventurous and great
Submitted 9/4/2017 by Iawesome

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Great book for mystery readers!!!!

I have no idea
Submitted 9/2/2017 by ilovepjlibrary

I have not read it yet but it sounds good!

EH.
Submitted 3/9/2017 by Evil Lulla

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Feh shmeh. it was SUPER disappointing. love, hate, and torture DON'T go well together.

This was great!
Submitted 3/1/2016 by DanceActSingRead

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is so bittersweet. I highly recommend it. It shows how somebody's inside matters more than their outside. It was awesome.

A very good book about Jews in medieval Spain
Submitted 11/1/2015 by Anna2004

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is about an orphaned girl in Spain named Maria, who is asked by the priest to tell him if the family she is sent to work for, who are conversos, (jews who converted to Christianity in Spain because Spain outlawed jews ,) are performing Jewish rituals, and if so, to report them to him. But Maria finds herself in a tough situation. She comes to love the family that she works for, but when she suspects them of still being Jews in secret, she is forced to betray them. This is is a good book for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Jews through the eyes of a spy. It made me think about the importance of family, and when is the right time to stand up for yourself. For ages 10+.

who am I
Submitted 10/1/2015 by bikerider

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I loved this book mainly because I love stories about Jewish history I would love to read more books by the same other --really good book

You should definitely read this book!
Submitted 7/1/2015 by Design Team

Reviewed by Rebecca, age 11, FL
If you like to read historical fiction novels, this is a great book for you. It makes you feel like you are actually living in the time period of 1492. The book is about a Catholic girl named Maria whose family died. She goes to work as a servant for a family named the Delgados. They are wealthy Conversos, people who were forced to convert from Judaism. The book made me feel excited and happy when Maria finds a place to work. The book also made me nervous when the soldiers took Dr. Delgado to question him about being a Jew.

The book not only has likable characters, but I also learned many facts about Jewish history- this is even a great book for adults!
Submitted 7/1/2015 by Design Team

Reviewed by Lucy, age 10, MA
The book "Secrets in the House of Delgado" by Gloria D. Miklowitz is quite an amazing novel. This historical fiction read is based in Spain in the 1490s. During this time, many Jews were either forced to leave Spain or forced to convert to Christianity. As this all was happening, the main character Maria, loses all of her family to sickness. She was sent to the Delgado’s mansion by the priest to act as a servant to the eleven year old daughter. The Delgado family were Conversos, meaning they had converted from being Jews. Many people said they converted, but practiced Judaism in secrecy. This was not allowed and people were sadly killed as a result.
Was the Delgado family Conversos? Should Maria tell the priest of this? Find out when you read the book Secrets in the House of Delgado.

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Gloria D. Miklowitz
Author of Secrets in the House of Delgado

"I write because I like to try different lives through my characters"

Gloria Miklowitz was born in New York City in 1927, and she died in California in 2015. As a child, Gloria loved to read and write. In second grade, she wrote a story called, “My brother Goo Goo,” and from then on, she knew she wanted to become a writer.

Gloria did a lot of different kinds of writing in her life: she was a journalist, a writer for the U.S. Navy, and an author of adult novels –three of which were made into T.V. movies! But her greatest love was writing books for kids. During her long life, Gloria wrote over 60 books for children and young adults!

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