Sea of Tears
By Floella Benjamin
Frances Lincoln Ltd, Paperback, 9781847800589, 280pp.
Publication Date: March 2012
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Jasmine's parents are increasingly worried about the dangers to their precious only daughter in South London so they have decided to move back, after 20 years, to Barbados. Her friends all think it's a wonderful opportunity, but all she knows is that she will miss them and the only life she has known. In Barbados her initial attempts to make friends with local teenagers meet with ridicule and she steals a motor yacht in a foolish attempt to get back to England. Rescued by a fisherman and his son, Jasmine begins school and encounters more prejudice and dislike because she is English, until she is saved from a group of bullies and befriended by the fisherman's son, Devlin. Devlin is fascinated by her stories of England and agrees to help her stowaway on a ship to get back there. This exciting adventure story explores issues involved in migration and feelings of loneliness and being trapped in a place where one doesn't want to be. Visit Floella's Sea of Tears page on her website www.floellabenjamin.com/www.floellabenjamin.com/Sea_of_Tears.html.
"From the taxi, Jasmine took one last look along the street. Then she turned and stared through the windscreen as the driver accelerated away towards the airport and her new life, thousands of miles from the drab streets of south London."
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