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Lucy the Giant by Sherri L. Smith

Lucy the Giant

by Sherri L. Smith

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One of my favorite young ladies recommended this to me, and was she ever right that this is a great story! If you've ever watched an episode of Ice Road Truckers or Deadliest Catch, this will remind you of those. Set in small-town Alaska, Lucy Otsego is very, very tall girl -- over six feet. Her father is a mean drunk, Lucy's classmates are cruel about her differences and her situation, and the few adults she knows in town pity her but can do nothing to help her. Lucy runs away from home and because of her size is mistaken for an adult looking for work on a crabbing boat. She signs on for the season, hoping she has finally escaped her life. Lucy finds friends, but also finds out that growing up is a process everyone has to finish -- there are no short cuts. Good realistic fiction for 7th grade and up. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
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Distraught over the death of a stray dog she's adopted, and worn out after a lost childhood spent deflecting jabs at her towering height and picking up after her alcoholic, unemployed father, 15-year-old Lucy ("the Giant") escapes from her Sitka, Alaska, home north to Kodiak, and temporarily reinvents herself as an adult. Lucy, now known as Barbara, winds up on a crabbing boat, with a motley crew that is destined to help her along the painful path to self-discovery.

Fast-paced and poignant, Sherri L. Smith's first young adult novel will appeal to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in her or his own world. Readers will root for Lucy, never doubting that she will come out ahead... eventually. Her struggles--both physical and emotional--are authentic and beautifully portrayed. Smith's descriptions of the grueling yet rewarding work on the Bering Sea are vivid, and reflect nicely the inner work of her protagonist. We hope this is only the first of many novels from this gifted new author. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Fifteen-year-old Lucy, the largest girl in her school, leaves her small Alaska town and her alcoholic father and discovers hardship--and friendship--posing as an adult aboard a commercial fishing boat.

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