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Wishing star summer /
Beryl Young.
Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 2001.
136 p. : maps.
1551924501 :
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Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 2001.
1551924501 :
Jilian Nelson, eleven years old and newly moved to Vancouver, has struck upon an ingenious solution to her friendless existence in Grade 6: she will convince her parents to host Tanya, a Belarus girl exposed to Chernobyl radiation, for a summer exchange program. But Tanya arrives with sores on her face, speaking only two English words - "no" and "toilet" - and is clearly not the friend Jillian had hoped for. When language barriers, poor health and culture shock strain the new relationship and Jillian becomes jealous of the attention Tanya is attracting, her selfishness threatens to alienate Tanya in the very place she is meant to feel safe.
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