Available March 2012
Watching Nonna 24/7 wouldn’t be such a big deal. We could do lots of stuff together.
I just had to keep her busy.
Abby Lambert’s plans to ski with friends over spring break are ruined when her surgeon mother and stepfather announce they have to leave the country on an emergency medical mission. Instead of partying with her friends, Abby must stay home and look after her increasingly confused grandmother. At the nursing home where Nonna likes to play bingo, Abby runs into her notoriously aloof classmate, Kyle, who volunteers there. Despite his arrogance and mysterious past she finds herself drawn to him. Maybe staying home for spring break won’t be so bad — except for Nonna’s weird behaviour, which seems to be escalating.
Abby manages things pretty well … until one terrifying and desperate night, where life as she knows it changes forever.
Sometimes discovering your roots is about a lot more than watching your real hair colour grow in ...
When seventeen-year-old Lucy do Amaral comes home with newly bleached blonde hair she expects a major lecture and another grounding from her strict Portuguese parents. What she doesn't expect is the shocking news that her parents are illegal aliens who've just been told they're being deported in less than a week. Lucy's furious at her parents and has no intention of leaving her boyfriend and missing prom and grad to go live in some backwater village with no cable, no movie theatre and no life in some country she knows nothing about.
But, as Lucy discovers, intentions and reality are sometimes worlds apart - or, in Lucy's case, at least an ocean away. Lucy's desperation to return to her 'real' home ensnares her in a web of illegal activity that threatens more than her journey home. But it's when she unexpectedly falls for a guy whose connection to his home is centuries old that she finally realizes you can never run away from your roots - not even if you bleach them.