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There's No Place Like...
Tessa McWatt

5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 132 pages
ISBN 9780333946152 • paperback • $12.00

Beatrice dreams of being discovered in Hollywood. And when her Aunt Mavis leaves her enough money to kick off Guyana's dust and fly to foreign places, it's to California she plans to go. But her beloved Aunt knew her fantasizing teenage niece better than Beatrice knows herself, and California is the one place she may not visit. Instead, Beatrice finds herself on an increasingly incredible trip around the world, discovering both the strange and the familiar wherever she goes, Miami, Mexico City, London, Paris, Beijing, Delhi, Nairobi. She discovers true friendship in the three young men who one by one join her travels: Irish rebel Sean, who is looking for courage; the Chinese juggler Christopher, who is looking for love; and little Deepak, who seeks wisdom. And Beatrice also has repeated encounters with three amazing women: the serenely beautiful Linda; the motherly Wambui; and the dangerously psychotic Cynthia, whose machinations threaten Beatrice's very life.

Tessa McWatt is a novelist, screenwriter, and librettist. She was born in Guyana and grew up in Canada. Her first novel, Out of My Skin, was published in 1998. Her second, Dragon's Cry, followed in 2000, when it was short-listed for the City of Toronto Book Awards and the Governor General Awards of Canada. Victoria her third novel was published in 2004. She has had shorter pieces published in Canadian literary journals, and her performed work was set to music by a contemporary classical composer. She is the writer and producer of a film based on John Berger's novel, To the Wedding. She has taught literature and creative writing at institutions in London as well as in Canada. There's No Place Like ... is her first work written specifically for teenaged readers.

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