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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Laurinda
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'When my dad dropped us off at the front gate, the first things I saw were the rose garden spreading out on either side of the main driveway and the enormous sign in iron cursive letters spelling out LAURINDA. No 'Ladies College' after it, of course; the name was meant to speak for itself.

'Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its secret core is the Cabinet, a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates - and some of their teachers.

'Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy Lam, a scholarship girl with sharp eyes and a shaky sense of self. As she watches the Cabinet at work, and is courted by them, Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity.

'Funny, feisty and moving, Laurinda explores Lucy's struggle to stay true to herself as she finds her way in a new world of privilege and opportunity.' (Publication summary)

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Laurinda Michelle Law , ( dir. Samantha Lang ) Australia : Handmaid Media , 2018 13008211 2018 single work film/TV

'Lucy Linh Lam lives in a dilapidated suburb among families like her own: poor, hardworking immigrants who dream of a better life for their children. When she wins a scholarship to a prestigious private school, Lucy struggles to form a new identity without compromising the values she holds closest to her heart.'

Source: Screen Australia funding approvals.

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Also available from publisher's website: Australian Curriculum questions for Laurinda by Alice Pung and Alice Pung reflects on writing Laurinda.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2014 .
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      Extent: 352p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 22 October 2014
      ISBN: 9781863956925
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Knopf ,
      2016 .
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      Alternative title: Lucy and Linh
      Extent: 340p.p.
      ISBN: 9780399550485, 0399550488, 9780399550492, 0399550496
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Legend Press ,
      2018 .
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      Alternative title: Lucy and Linh
      Extent: 288p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 3 May 2018.

      ISBN: 9781787198388, 1787198383

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording.
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Conflating Class, Culture and Ethnicity : Casual and Culinary Forms of Racism in Alice Pung’s Laurinda Astrid Marie Schwegler Castañer , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , September vol. 7 no. 2 2018; (p. 255-272)

'Literature can function as a lens through which social values are mediated. This characteristic acquires particular relevance in the case of children’s and young adult literatures as the world-view of the young readership is especially susceptible to the ideologies articulated in literary works. This article investigates the critical depiction of Australian multicultural society in Alice Pung’s novel Laurinda (2014). By analysing the role of food in both the novel’s plot and its figurative language, the article explores the novel’s illustration of the alienation of Asian minorities that is triggered by instances of overt and casual racism. The tangibility of foodways enables the illustration of how a lack of interaction between distinct social classes and ethnic groups is conducive to an absence of cross-group understanding that contributes towards the conflation of class, cultural and racial differences and prevents the achievement of the multicultural dream.'  (Publication abstract)

Young Novelists Speak with Original Voices Linda Morris , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 May 2015; (p. 17) The Canberra Times , 23 May 2015; (p. 13)
Laura Elvery Reviews 'Laurinda' by Alice Pung Laura Elvery , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 370 2015;

— Review of Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Class Warfare? Blanche Clark , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 January 2015; (p. 15)

— Review of Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
'School visits keep Alice Pung in touch with her audience...'
Laurinda by Alice Pung Dianne Bates , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , November 2014;

— Review of Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Schoolgirl Tyrannies Come to Life Thuy On , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 19 October 2014; (p. 17) The Sunday Age , 19 October 2014; (p. 17)

— Review of Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Hard Lessons Rosemary Neill , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 November 2014; (p. 3)

— Review of Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Adrift in a World of Private Power Dianne Dempsey , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 22 November 2014; (p. 31)

— Review of Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Belles of Laurinda Sound a Jarring Note Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 December 2014; (p. 19)

— Review of Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 December 2014; (p. 27)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel ; Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Young Novelists Speak with Original Voices Linda Morris , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 May 2015; (p. 17) The Canberra Times , 23 May 2015; (p. 13)
Conflating Class, Culture and Ethnicity : Casual and Culinary Forms of Racism in Alice Pung’s Laurinda Astrid Marie Schwegler Castañer , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , September vol. 7 no. 2 2018; (p. 255-272)

'Literature can function as a lens through which social values are mediated. This characteristic acquires particular relevance in the case of children’s and young adult literatures as the world-view of the young readership is especially susceptible to the ideologies articulated in literary works. This article investigates the critical depiction of Australian multicultural society in Alice Pung’s novel Laurinda (2014). By analysing the role of food in both the novel’s plot and its figurative language, the article explores the novel’s illustration of the alienation of Asian minorities that is triggered by instances of overt and casual racism. The tangibility of foodways enables the illustration of how a lack of interaction between distinct social classes and ethnic groups is conducive to an absence of cross-group understanding that contributes towards the conflation of class, cultural and racial differences and prevents the achievement of the multicultural dream.'  (Publication abstract)

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