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Smith, Sherri L.
New York : Delacorte, 2002.
ISBN 0385729405
Lucy the Giant.  How many times has she heard that in her short life?  Just 15 years old but already well over 6 feet tall, Lucy doesn't feel she fits in anywhere.  Not just fit in because of her size, but fit in because of her life.  Her mother left many years ago without even saying goodbye.  Since then, her father has found his solace in the bottom of a bottle.  Lucy is used to the phone calls from the bar telling her to come get her father because he's too drunk to make it home by himself.  She's used to his temper.  She's used to not having any friends because she doesn't want anyone to know what her life is like.  She is used to the kids at school making fun of her.  She has no hope of things ever changing.  Until the day she stops in to get a cup of coffee at the airstrip.  The people there don't know her.  They think she's part of a group leaving on the next flight.  Up in Alaska, most people travel by plane.  Lucy sees her chance.  She hops aboard the plane and tries to blend in.  She has no idea where she is going or what she will do when she gets there.  The only thing she knows is that she is leaving her miserable life behind and for once in her life, there's hope.  What will Lucy find when the plane ride comes to an end?  Can things really get better for her?  After all, she's only 15 and has no experience outside her small Alaskan town.
SUBJECTS:     Runaway teenagers -- Fiction.               
                         Family problems -- Fiction.    
                         Boats and boating -- Fiction.   
                         Alaska -- Fiction. 


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