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Van Diemen at 17 by Jeania Kimbrough
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Oct 15, 10

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From back cover copy:

A true page turner! Few works of fiction portray realistic exchange students, and even fewer place these characters at the epicenter of a human drama. Kara is a compelling character facing a range of both ordinary and extraordinary issues as she attempts to live with a family of strangers and adjust to the demands of a new school in Tasmania. Although Kara’s exchange story is atypical, her story is a realistic portrayal of the kinds of situations and personal reactions to them that do crop up every year for a few students. The sympathetic rendering of a conflicted young woman is heartfelt and will resonate with anyone who has struggled to make sense of life in another culture.

-- Bettina Hansel, Ph.D., Author of Exchange Student Survival Kit, 2nd Edition

Also, this book is the winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Children's book awards in the Young Adult -- Mature Issues Category.

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