Lucy Linh, the heroine in Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung is happy and content in her life. She is a leader at her school, Christ Our Savior, and goes to school with her best friend, Linh. She takes care of her little brother, affectionately know as Lamby, and translates English into Chinese for her Chinese mother. She also helps her mother with her mother's piece work sewing. Her mother's sewing brings much needed extra money to their household.
But all of this suddenly changes when Lucy wins a scholarship to Laurinda. At first, Lucy is thrilled. This will be a wonderful opportunity for her! But life at Laurinda is not what it seems to be. Lucy doesn't know her classmates' unwritten rules of behavior and it's difficult for her to be surrounded by classmates who have grown up with so much wealth and privilege. However, that is nothing compared to her nemesis - three of the school's most popular girls, know as "the Cabinet". Lucy is intimidated by them and stands by helplessly as they play a practical joke on a teacher that causes the teacher to have a breakdown, break another girl's wrist by slamming the bathroom stall when she is in there, and falsely accuse a teacher of sexual harassment.
Has Lucy lost herself and her soul? Will she be able to find her voice before it is too late? Read Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung to find out.