2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature Winner!
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.
About the Author
Alice Pung is the author of Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter 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 Pung totally nails it with Laurinda. Funny, horrifying, and sharp as a serpent's fangs.'
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd October 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.0 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.33