"Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she's ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to the prestigious school Laurinda, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb of Stanley. Though she's worried she will stick out like badly cut bangs among the razor-straight students, she is soon welcomed into the Cabinet, the supremely popular trio who wield their influence over classmates and teachers alike. Linh is blunt, strong-willed, and fearless-everything Lucy once loved about herself. She is Lucy's last solid link to her life before Laurinda, but she is growing tired of being eclipsed by the glamour of the Cabinet. As Lucy floats farther away from the life she once knew, her connection to Linh-and her life in Stanley-threatens to snap. Sharp and honest, Alice Pung's novel examines what it means to grow into the person you want to be without leaving yourself behind. This book has also been published as Laurinda by Black Inc., an imprint of Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd in Australia."
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by Alice Schertle
by Alice Henderson
by Alice Dalgliesh
by Alice Mead
"Narrator Aileen Huyhn tracks the changing attitudes of Lucy Lam through four terms at Laurinda, an exclusive school she attends on scholarship. Huyhn's crisp, Australian-accented narration reflects the sassiness and intelligence of 15-year-old Lucy, whose Chinese parents have come to Melbourne via war-torn Vietnam. Huyhn expresses Lucy's frustrations at the family responsibilities she's expected to carry out while also being a good student. As Lucy enters Laurinda, Huyhn captures her dismay at the pranks of "the Cabinet," a controlling group of mean girls. Lucy longs to feel socially included at school despite the Cabinet's snobbery, racism, and manipulations. Dramatizing Lucy's realizations about prejudice and her growing self-confidence, Huyhn's portrayal shows Lucy's developing determination to see clearly, live honestly, and respect her parents' values. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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