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Anca and her family lived in Romania during the Ceaucescu dictatorship. They have fled to Canada and are doing their best to adapt to life in this new country. Unable to work in their professions, Anca's parents eke out a living working in jobs that are new to them.
Anca feels very lonely. At school, most of the children make fun of her and reject her. She has just one friend, Stéphanie. She is a very curious girl, and she knows that Anca is hiding something. Anca does indeed have a very big secret. But can she trust Stéphanie enough to tell her? It is a very difficult decision because she could lose her only friend. Will Anca confide in her? Will Stéphanie be able to listen to the entire secret?
Michel Lavoie's style draws us in, making us want to read Anca's story all at once. We want to know what Anca is hiding. Will you be able to resist the temptation of skipping ahead to the ending to discover the mysterious secret?