Illegally Blonde

Illegally Blonde

Nelsa Roberto


A Novel

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Sometimes discovering your roots is about a lot more than watching your real hair colour grow in…

When seventeen-year-old Lucy do Amaral comes home with newly bleached blonde hair she expects a major lecture and another grounding from her strict Portuguese parents. What she doesn’t expect is the shocking news that her parents are illegal aliens who’ve just been told they’re being deported in less than a week. Lucy’s furious at her parents and has no intention of leaving her boyfriend and missing prom and grad to go live in some backwater village with no cable, no movie theatre and no life in some country she knows nothing about.

But, as Lucy discovers, intentions and reality are sometimes worlds apart – or, in Lucy’s case, at least an ocean away. Lucy’s desperation to return to her ‘real’ home ensnares her in a web of illegal activity that threatens more than her journey home. But it’s when she unexpectedly falls for a guy whose connection to his home is centuries old that she finally realizes you can never run away from your roots – not even if you bleach them.

“…Roberto has captured perfectly the vocabulary, tone and emotions of the characters.  The story flies by with the reader eagerly turning pages.”  – Joan Marshall, CM Magazine

“The flowing dialogues and strokes of humour made me fall in love with this novel.” – Lyubov Kushtova, What If? Magazine

“…it is an engaging read that many teens will find enjoyable.”  – Mary-Esther Lee, Sister’s Library

“Author Nelsa Roberto has taken a true story from the news headlines…and skillfully crafted an enjoyable and well written tale.”  -Gillian O’Reilly, Editor of Canadian Children’s Book News

Additional Information

Weight 0.318 kg

About the Author

Nelsa Roberto

Nelsa Roberto is a Portuguese-Canadian who was born in a remote logging community in northern Ontario, grew up in a farming community in southern Ontario, and now lives in Toronto with her husband, three children, and a Golden Retriever.