Anywhere but Paradise

Anywhere but Paradise - Anne Bustard I received a free kindle copy of Anywhere but Paradise by Anne Bustard, published by EgmontUSA from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. I gave it five stars. It is due to be released April 14, 2015.

Peggy Sue, a twelve year old girl is transplanted from Texas to Hawaii in the 1960's. She is not happy about it. Her mother is often absent because of migraines. In school she is ridiculed because of her height, her white skin & the 'funny way' she talks. She's a Haole who stands out in school. She's bullied primarily by a girl named Kiki. Even with using every method available cannot seem to escape the bullying.

Can she find a friend? Can she avoid the punishment threatened for the last day of school? Will Howdy every purr again? Will he start eating & stop losing his fur? Will they both survive the lengthy quarantine?

Even though this is designated for readers age 10 and up, I really enjoyed it. Poor quarantined kitty, Howdy. Anne Bustard has captured the voice of Peggy Sue completely. What an enjoyable read. I look forward to more from this author.

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