Eleven-year-old Semele unexpectedly arrives at her father’s worksite in Cyprus with a note from school that needs to be signed. This is an astutely observed, ultimately heart-rending story about a youngster whose fierce longing to be noticed is matched only by her determination to make it happen.
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