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Book Title: Laurinda|
The size of the: 32.99 MB
Edition: Black Inc.
Date of issue: October 22nd 2014
The author of the book: Alice Pung
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781922231581
Read full description of the books Laurinda:"When my dad dropped us off at the front gate, the first things I saw were the rose garden spreading out on either side of the main driveway and the enormous sign in iron cursive letters spelling out LAURINDA. No "Ladies College" after it, of course; the name was meant to speak for itself."
Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its secret core is the Cabinet, a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates - and some of their teachers.
Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy Lam, a scholarship girl with sharp eyes and a shaky sense of self. As she watches the Cabinet at work, and is courted by them, Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity.
Funny, feisty and moving, "Laurinda" explores Lucy's struggle to stay true to herself as she finds her way in a new world of privilege and opportunity.
"Shortlisted, 2015 Indie Awards
Longlisted, 2015 Stella Prize
Shortlisted, 2015 Inky Awards
Children's Book Council of Australia 2015 Notable Book of the Year for Older Readers
Shortlisted, 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards"
'Alice Pung totally nails it with "Laurinda." Funny, horrifying, and sharp as a serpent's fangs.' -John Marsden
'Pung continues to impress with her nuanced storytelling; "Laurinda" will surely resonate with anyone who remembers the cliquey, hierarchical nature of the playground.' -"Sunday Age"
'A candid and powerful exploration of family, culture and class ... it is those of us who take our fortune and privilege for granted that I wish would read this powerful book.' "-Readings Monthly"
'In her debut novel [Pung] successfully dramatizes the high stakes when an impoverished Chinese girl is parachuted into the private system ... Pung's forceful writing reveals the diverse and often difficult lives of her immigrant compatriots too often hidden away from us by masks of discretion.' -the "Age"
'Based loosely on Pung's own experiences, the book has an unmissable ring of truth to it, making it all the more compelling and horrifying.' -the "Sydney Morning Herald"
'Schoolgirl Lucy Lam was one of this year's best characters - smart, hardworking and brave. Pung tackles big issues with a light touch.' -"Herald Sun"
'Biting yet compassionate' -Books of the Year, "Australian Book Review"
'Exquisitely sharp' -Books of the Year, the "Age"
Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the author of "Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter" and "Laurinda" and the editor of the anthology "Growing Up Asian in Australia." Alice's work has appeared in the "Monthly, Good Weekend," the "Age, The Best Australian Stories" and "Meanjin." Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.
Read information about the authorAlice was born in Footscray, Victoria, a month after her parents Kuan and Kien arrived in Australia. Alice’s father, Kuan - a survivor of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime - named her after Lewis Carroll’s character because after surviving the Killing Fields, he thought Australia was a Wonderland. Alice is the oldest of four - she has a brother, Alexander, and two sisters, Alison and Alina.
Alice grew up in Footscray and Braybrook, and changed high schools five times - almost once every year! These experiences have shaped her as a writer because they taught her how to pay attention to the quiet young adults that others might overlook or miss.
Alice Pung’s first book, Unpolished Gem, is an Australian bestseller which won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and was shortlisted in the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary awards. It was published in the UK and USA in separate editions and has been translated into several languages including Italian, German and Indonesian.
Alice’s next book, Her Father’s Daughter, won the Western Australia Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary awards and the Queensland Literary Awards.
Alice also edited the collection Growing Up Asian in Australia and her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, and The Best Australian Stories and The Best Australian Essays.
Alice is a qualified lawyer and still works as a legal researcher in the area of minimum wages and pay equity. She lives with her husband Nick at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne, where she is the Artist in Residence.
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