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Lucy and Linh

By: Alice Pung

Sharp and honest, Alice Pung's novel examines what it means to grow into the person you want to be without leaving yourself behind.

ISBN: 9780399550492

JLG Release: Feb 2017


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Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: High schools , Cliques , Immigrants , Asian families , Letters , Australia , Bullying

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Awards & Honors

The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
National Public Radio’s Guide to 2016 Great Reads
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Teen
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Diverse Fiction
YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults
2017 Capitol Choices, Fourteen and Up
CSMCL Best Multicultural Books of 2016

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Life is not easy for Lucy Lam. Her immigrant mother and father work seemingly never-ending hours to make life bearable for her and her young brother in suburban Stanley, Australia. Lucy can’t help but compare herself to her more outgoing friends, especially Linh, who always seems to come out on top with her easy re
[STARRED REVIEW]
Life is not easy for Lucy Lam. Her immigrant mother and father work seemingly never-ending hours to make life bearable for her and her young brother in suburban Stanley, Australia. Lucy can’t help but compare herself to her more outgoing friends, especially Linh, who always seems to come out on top with her easy retorts and spunky attitude. When she and her classmates learn of a contest for a full ride scholarship to the most prestigious private school in the area, all the girls try out. To everyone’s surprise, Lucy gets the spot and quickly feels the pressure to assimilate to the glamorous lifestyle of the school. At first, leaving her old life seems like the perfect plan, and she soon loses touch with everyone, including Linh. Will Lucy realize the importance of her past and stay true to herself? Pung revitalizes the popular “mean girls against the new girl” trope in a surprising new way by revealing the difficulty in distinguishing between good and bad in this engaging novel. She deftly creates a story that immerses readers and makes this world relatable. Young adults will root for quirky Lucy and will be checked by a big twist at the end. VERDICT This daring work with an authentic protagonist teaches important lessons about being yourself while navigating through life. A strong purchase that will captivate teens and adults alike.—DeHanza Kwong, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

Horn Book

No one is more surprised than Lucy Lam when her essay wins her the Equal Access scholarship to attend an elite girls’ school. Setting out every morning for Laurinda Ladies’ College, she leaves behind her shabby Melbourne suburb, Chinese-Vietnamese-immigrant parents, baby brother “Lamb,” and her friends (including closest com No one is more surprised than Lucy Lam when her essay wins her the Equal Access scholarship to attend an elite girls’ school. Setting out every morning for Laurinda Ladies’ College, she leaves behind her shabby Melbourne suburb, Chinese-Vietnamese-immigrant parents, baby brother “Lamb,” and her friends (including closest companion Linh) determined to make good on the opportunity Laurinda and its access to wealth and success offers. A powerful trio of white girls called “the Cabinet” takes an interest in Lucy, who marvels at their glamour and steadily becomes more ashamed of her own home life, her father’s factory job, and her mother’s finger-shredding work sewing clothes in the garage. Lucy feels she is losing herself in trying to be everything the school and her peers want of her, and when she begins to resist, it becomes clear that Laurinda’s open doors—as well as the Cabinet’s open arms—come at a price. Lucy’s unwillingness to conform to the role of ethnic novelty or to participate in the toxic school culture quickly turn her from model minority to targeted pariah. Pung’s novel, first published in Australia as Laurinda, is written in first-person missives to Linh (whose identity is eventually revealed in an effective twist) that double as diary entries. Lucy’s narration pulls readers alongside her uncertain navigation of two worlds, and we can’t help but cheer in solidarity as Lucy recognizes assimilation masquerading as inclusion, refuses to back down, and instead embraces who she is. anastasia m. collins

Book Details

ISBN

9780399550492

First Release

February 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.2; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.2; Points: 19;

Lexile

Level 900L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Knopf

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

High schools, Cliques, Immigrants, Asian families, Letters, Australia, Bullying,

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