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By Eve Yohalem
6 x 7-3/4 in; 224 pp; Ages 10 and upGuided Reading Level: U
April 2009 ISBN 9780811866538 ISBN10 081186653X
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Loosely based on real-life events, this suspenseful story, by a debut novelist, is also funny and touching and will have readers riveted from start to finish. Lucy's mother is the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, so Lucy's life must be one big adventure, right? Wrong. Lucy's worrywart mother keeps her locked up inside the ambassador's residence. All Lucy can do is read about the exotic and exciting world that lies beyond the compound walls and imagine what it would be like to be a part of it. That is, until one day Lucy decides she has had enough and she and a friend sneak off for some fun. But to their horror, Lucy gets kidnapped! With only herself to rely upon, Lucy must use her knowledge of African animals, inventiveness, will, and courage to escape, and in the process embarks on an adventure beyond her wildest imagination.
After training as an opera singer, Eve Yohalem moved into the literary world first as an editorial assistant and then as the publisher of a Web site. She lives in New York City.
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