The Orphan of Torundi by J.L. McCreedy

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In this kickoff to a new YA series, Sam Clemens is sent to a boarding school on a remote jungle island in Malaysia, where she deals with new relationships and dangers...McCreedy...puts plenty of promising ingredients into this sophomore effort...Fun female teen fantasy with blurry adventures but fine romance.
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To find the truth, she must first uncover the lie ....

Orphaned as an infant, Sam is raised by a pharmaceutical research mission in the rain forests of Torundi. She wields a mean machete, makes soap from candlenuts and is a fairly astute amateur entomologist. You know, the normal stuff. But a month before her seventeenth birthday, she is exiled to an American boarding school in Malaysia.

Armed with little more than her unusual upbringing and church-lady clothes, Sam must contend with her new existence as the world's most socially unprepared high school senior. Well that's just fine. Because she is determined to solve the mystery behind her banishment and return home tout de suite.

But when she discovers the unthinkable - that her banishment is tied to an enigmatic corporation with illicit designs on Torundi - she realizes the real mystery she must uncover is ... why? Soon, Sam is caught in a whirlwind of intrigue, danger and greed. As she chases this thread of truth to its end, she unravels a plot that threatens her beloved Torundi, her trust in the boy she has grown to love and her own existence.

Blending espionage elements akin to The Bourne Identity with those high-school-awkward-moments (hey, it could happen), THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI is a quirky, cross-cultural tale of adventure, suspense and romance.
 

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Published November 28, 2014 by Penelope Pipp Publishing. 302 pages
Genres: Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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on Nov 19 2014

In this kickoff to a new YA series, Sam Clemens is sent to a boarding school on a remote jungle island in Malaysia, where she deals with new relationships and dangers...McCreedy...puts plenty of promising ingredients into this sophomore effort...Fun female teen fantasy with blurry adventures but fine romance.

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