Sixteen-year-old Emma is no stranger to moving. The daughter of a Canadian diplomat, her life has been a series of changing landscapes, cultures and friendships. But when her parents split up and she and her siblings are forced to move to Pakistan with her mother, her feelings of loss and culture shock are overwhelming . Add to that rising political tensions, and her attraction to a local boy who has been promised to someone else, and Emma’s life very quickly spirals out of control, putting herself and those she loves in mortal danger.


“Emma’s first-person, present-tense narration is realistic and compelling”
— VOYA Magazine

“Laidlaw does not hold back from depicting some of the less-attractive aspects of Pakistani life, but she also conveys a sense of the beauty and wonder of this culture.”
— School Library Journal

“An Infidel in Paradise is a very well-written evocation of both a tormented teen and the exotic setting she finds herself in.”
Quill and Quire

“Laidlaw has created a rich and layered text… Highly recommended”
CM Magazine

“. . . I hope every teen reads this book, and that everyone who knows a teen reads it.”

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