Fans of Monday's Not Coming and Girl in Pieces will love this award-winning novel about a girl on the verge of losing herself and the unlikely journey to recovery after she is removed from anything and everyone she knows to be home.
Moving from Trinidad to Canada wasn't her idea. But after being hospitalized for depression, her mother sees it as the only option. Now, living with an estranged aunt she barely remembers and dealing with her "troubles" in a foreign country, she feels more lost than ever.
Everything in Canada is cold and confusing. No one says hello, no one walks anywhere, and bus trips are never-ending and loud. She just wants to be home home, in Trinidad, where her only friend is going to school and Sunday church service like she used to do.
But this new home also brings unexpected surprises: the chance at a family that loves unconditionally, the possibility of new friends, and the promise of a hopeful future. Though she doesn't see it yet, Canada is a place where she can feel at home--if she can only find the courage to be honest with herself.---from the publisher
160 pages 978-1984893581 Ages 13 and up
Keywords: immigration, new experiences, depression, family, fitting in, belonging, finding yourself, friends, friendship, home, Canada, Trinidad, journey, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, suicide, mental illness, Black Lives Matter, diversity, diverse books, LGBTQ
About the author: Lisa Allen-Agostini is a widely published novelist, journalist, and poet from Trinidad and Tobago. Visit lisaallen-agostini.com and follow @AllenAgostini on Twitter.