Lucy the Giant by Sherri L. Smith

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Lucy Otswego is a big girl who towers over just about everyone and everything in her small Alaskan town, except for her father’s horrible reputation as a mean drunk. At 15, she runs away from the cruel classmates who see her only as “the Giant,” the embarrassed adults who pity her, and the abusive father whose fleeting attentiveness is worse than his indifference. When the crew of a crabbing boat assumes she’s much older than she is and invites her to join them for the season, she thrills at the possibility of escaping her teenaged life. Buoyed by the camaraderie and support of her new shipmates, Lucy quickly masters the mind-numbing cold
and backbreaking work. But when her masquerade is threatened, she learns that there are no shortcuts to growing up.
 

About Sherri L. Smith

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Published February 12, 2002 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Oversized and 15, Lucy runs away from her bleak life to find herself faking adulthood in an adventure story which takes place in Alaska.

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"At six-foot-plus, the 15-year-old heroine of this bittersweet debut novel quite literally doesn't fit in," wrote PW, calling the first-person narrative "affecting."

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