Miming in French

When Livvie is forced to move to France with her mom after her parents’ divorce, she feels like she’ll never fit in. For one thing, everybody in her new school speaks a different language. But soon she makes friends with another girl in class named Malika, who’s an outsider too. Malika is French, but she’s also a Muslim. Together, with the help of a mysterious street mime, the two girls learn the meaning of true friendship. But will their classmates ever learn to accept them? And will their parents ever get over their own prejudices?

Written with vivid detail, this debut novel captures what it’s like to move to another country, and how the experience and the people you meet can often turn out to be very different from what you expect.

One of the many fountains in Aix-en-Provence.