Project Description


Published by Red Deer Press

Life in her new neighborhood isn’t going to be easy for Croatian immigrant Lucy Vakovik. Her mother has saved enough to buy them an onlyhouse: a single detached home. But to Lucy’s friends, her mother says, “My sometime English is broking.”

What’s a kid to do? Lucy’s got a fight ahead of her and important choices to make. But she knows she’s not a stereotype like some people think–she’s Lucy and that’s a good place to start.


  • Finalist, Ruth Schwartz Award, 1996
  • Finalist, IODE Violet Downey Award, 1996
  • Canadian Library Association Honour Book, 1996
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
  • Nominee, Red Cedar, 1997
  • Nominee, Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, 1998