Secret Friends by Elizabeth Laird

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On the first day of secondary school, Lucy calls Rafaella "Earwig" because her name sounds funny and her ears stick out. She regrets her words as soon as they leave her mouth, but now all the other kids are teasing Rafaella, too. Secretly Lucy becomes friends with Rafaella. But by the time Lucy decides to bring their friendship out into the open, a tragedy has occurred: one that may have been avoided if only Lucy had the guts to stand up for her friend.
 

About Elizabeth Laird

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Elizabeth Laird has had a love affair with Ethiopia – it’s people’s, culture, language and history – all her life. She lived and taught there for several years and returns often. The stories she learned from street children in Addis led directly to the writing of THE GARBAGE KING. Her critically acclaimed children’s books include KISS THE DUST (winner of the Children’s Book Award), SECRET FRIENDS (nominated for the Carnegie Medal), RED SKY IN THE MORNING (0 330 39867 9, Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award), and JAKE’S TOWER (0 330 39803 2, shortlisted for the 2001 Carnegie Medal). She lives on the edge of Richmond Park, Surrey with her husband.
 
Published November 18, 1999 by Hodder Children's Books. 93 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From Laird (Kiss the Dust, 1992, etc.), a brief tale of a friend quickly won and lost to a sudden, unexpected death in this British novella.

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When Rafaella invites Lucy home for tea, Lucy is too shocked to decline the invitation.

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