A. J. loved vacationing in Italy . until her family decided to stay. Now she wishes she were back in Idaho with her dog, Sailor. Between culture shock and homesickness, she's going to need more than a sense of humor!...
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A. J. loved vacationing in Italy . until her family decided to stay. Now she wishes she were back in Idaho with her dog, Sailor. Between culture shock and homesickness, she's going to need more than a sense of humor!
A. J. Degulio loved the idea of a visit to the Old Country-until her family decided to stay.
Now it's 1972 and she's turning fourteen in a crumbling castle on a hill in Tuscany, wishing she were back in Idaho with her beloved dog, Sailor. In Italy, her fair complexion and blonde hair make her stick out like a vanilla wafer in a box of chocolate biscotti, and she's so lonely her best friend is a nun from the local convent. What's worse, her grandma's losing her marbles and Mama's going crazy over Uncle Nick's ugly blue villa, which she can see from every window.
The challenges of roots and relatives are nothing new to A. J. but factor in language, culture shock, and a bad case of homesickness, and A. J.'s going to need more than the famous Degulio sense of humor to survive. It will take a catastrophe-and a few wise words from a friend-for A. J. to understand that sometimes the only thing you can change is your perspective.
Renee Riva has been writing humorous stories about animals ever since she was a child. A former greeting card writer as well as a speaker for women's groups, Renee has written for "Guideposts and "Catholic Family Magazine. She shares her secrets for story starters at Young Author events, helping to spark the imagination of young minds. Renee and her husband, Gary, live in Gig Harbor, Washington, with their three daughters, and any stray critters that happen to wander onto their property. ýSteve Bjorkman has been creating illustrations for greeting cards, magazines, and advertising for more