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Coteau Books, 2019 - 304 pages
In Vancouver International Airport, Ms. Nelson and Brittany, a teacher and student returning from a trip abroad, notice a young man alone, bewildered by his surroundings and unable to speak English. They take the boy to the airport authorities but are soon shocked to discover that he has been detained and might be deported.

Brittany lights up social media and the community to fight the injustice, and drags her friends and the local minister into a plan to release the refugee.

But their efforts must go beyond bake sales. Human smugglers also want to get the boy and will stop at nothing to get him back.

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About the author (2019)

Wendy Phillips' first novel, Fishtailing, won several awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Writing and the Moonbeam Award for Innovative Storytelling.She began writing at age 11, inventing wilderness adventures while hiking in the sagebrush hills around Kamloops. An enduring love of words took her through a journalism degree from Carleton University, volunteer teaching in Lesotho, and freelance writing in Zimbabwe. Returning to theWest Coast, she enjoyed a new career as a high school English teacher and librarian. Now she lives on beautiful Gabriola Island, writing full time, reading just about anything, and celebrating the possibilities of words, wood, ocean, and music.For more about her writing, see Wendy's blog at

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