Where I Belong by Gillian Cross

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Master storyteller Gillian Cross s exciting new novel, set in London and Somalia, grapples with issues of identity, trust, and family. In the hot desert of Somalia, Mahmoud is kidnapped and held for a ten thousand-dollar ransom. His older sister, Khadija, is in London, thousands of miles away; and yet Mahmoud s life is in her hands. Someone has discovered her identity, that she is Qarsoon the Hidden One the face of famous fashion designer Sandy Dexter s newest collection. Who can Khadija trust to help her? She now must appear as planned on the Fashion Week runway. Only then can she possibly earn the money to save Mahmoud s life. Also involved is Abdi, a fourteen-year-old boy coming to terms with the mysterious disappearance of his father, and Freya, the totally unfashionable daughter of Sandy Dexter, trying to find her place in her mother s world of haute couture.

About Gillian Cross

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Gillian Cross is a popular children's author and recipient of many prestigious awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year.
Published April 1, 2011 by Holiday House. 245 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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A contemporary international thriller is woven together from alternating first-person perspectives.

Apr 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Where I Belong

The Guardian

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Khadija wants to take part in Sandy's fashion show to earn money to pay the ransom, but her new family are reluctant to allow her to have anything to do with such body commodification.

Apr 10 2010 | Read Full Review of Where I Belong

Publishers Weekly

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After drought in Somalia sends 13-year-old Kadija to England to live as Abdi’s sister, she meets Freya and her mother, Sandy, in an Internet café, and Sandy offers Kadija a modeling job as the face of her new Somali-inspired collection.

Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Where I Belong

The Bookbag

Khadija - although this is not her real name - is a young Somali girl, sent to Britain by her father.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Where I Belong

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