Nowhere Girl by A.J. Paquette

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Luchi Ann only knows a few things about herself: she was born in a prison in Thailand. Her American mother was an inmate there. And now that her mother has died, Luchi must leave the only place she's ever known and set out into the world. Neither at home as a Thai, because of her fair skin and blond hair, nor as a foreigner, because of her knowledge of Thai life and traditions, Luchi feels as though she belongs nowhere. But as she embarks on an amazing adventure-a journey spanning continents and customs, harrowing danger and exhilarating experiences-she will find the family, and the home, she's always dreamed of. Weaving intricate elements of traditional Thailand into a modern-day fairy tale unique unto itself, Nowhere Girl is a beautifully rendered story of courage, resilience, and finding the one place where you truly belong.

About A.J. Paquette

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A. J. PAQUETTE lives in Massachusetts with her family, where she is also a literary agent. Nowhere Girl is her first novel.
Published September 13, 2011 by Walker Childrens. 255 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The only home Luchi Ann, 13, has known is the women’s prison in northern Thailand where she was born to a jailed American mother who supervised her impressive education (history, philosophy, art, calculus and languages).

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Paquette’s (The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies) middle-grade debut has a terrifying premise: after her mother’s death, 13-year-old narrator Luchi Ann, who knows nothing of her American heritage and has spent her entire life in a Thai women’s prison with her mother, must find her place in ...

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