Secret Friendsby Elizabeth Laird
On the first day of secondary school, Lucy calls Rafaella "Earwig" because her name sounds funny and her ears stick out. She regrets her words as soon as they leave her mouth, but now all the other kids are teasing Rafaella, too. Afraid she'll be branded as unpopular, Lucy finds herself avoiding Rafaella at school, but after school a secret friendship develops. By the time Lucy decides to bring their friendship out into the open, a tragedy has occurred: one that may have been avoided if only Lucy had the guts to stand up for her friend. This is a novel which will make readers want to challenge peer pressure and look beyond appearances.
Conveys so much, so simply and so wellThe Scotsman
Meet the Author
Elizabeth Laird's family is Scottish but she was born in New Zealand and grew up in Surrey. After studying languages at Bristol & Edinburgh Universities, she worked in Ethiopia and India where she met her husband, David McDowall, a writer on Middle Eastern affairs. They have two children.
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Secret Friends is very sad, yet it also makes you think about your life and other people you don't want to hang out with in public. It was the best. I liked the characters and seeing how the families were different and alike. I wish there was a second book.