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.
Size: 6 x 7-3/4
Age Range: Ages 10 and up
Guided Reading Level: U
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
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.
“. . . should appeal to all with a sense of adventure.”
“. . . an engrossing journey.”
“Teens itching to read about life on another continent will relish Yohalem’s exciting debut novel.”
“. . . this unusual adventure places a reassuringly typical American teenager in an intriguingly different setting.”
–School Library Journal