When seventeen-year-old Lucy do Amaral comes home with 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 family are illegal aliens who’ve just been told they're being deported in less than a week. Lucy's furious at being forced to leave her boyfriend and miss prom to go live in some backwater village in a country she knows nothing about. But as Lucy discovers, intentions and reality are sometimes worlds apart - or an ocean away.
Nelsa Roberto is a Portuguese-Canadian who was born in a remote logging community in northern Ontario, grew up in a farming community in southern Ontario, and now lives in Toronto with her husband, three children, and a Golden Retriever.
“…Roberto has captured perfectly the vocabulary, tone and emotions of the characters. The story flies by with the reader eagerly turning pages.” — Joan Marshall, CM Magazine
“The flowing dialogues and strokes of humour made me fall in love with this novel.” — Lyubov Kushtova, What If? Magazine
“Author Nelsa Roberto has taken a true story from the news headlines…and skillfully crafted an enjoyable and well written tale.” — Gillian O’Reilly, Editor of Canadian Children’s Book News
“…it is an engaging read that many teens will find enjoyable.” — Mary-Esther Lee, Sister’s Library