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Lucille Abendanon

Middle-grade debut set for publication in Spring 2024


Debut novelist Lucille Abendanon’s middle-grade story, The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree, is set to be published in North America by Meg Gaertner at Jolly Fish Press, for publication in spring 2024.

Inspired by a lifetime of conversations between Lucille and her Oma, Emmy, who was a prisoner of war in Tjideng during WW2, The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree is a heart-breaking historical middle grade debut. Inspired by the author’s grandmother’s true survival story during the second World War in the Dutch East Indies, it contains themes of identity, belonging, and making your home in a country you weren’t necessarily born in.