North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (NY: Little, Brown, 2009).
Awesome exploration of the nature of beauty by an artistic teen girl, named Terra, with a port wine stain on her face. She is shackled by her own fears of others' perceptions of her, fears exacerbated by a dysfunctionally critical father and enabling mother. Headley weaves in multiple layers of metaphors for maps and treasures as well, making this a rewarding read. Grades 9 & up. Language, intense situations.
ArR-rested development, Part 2 - Please excuse the rather abrupt ending to the previous post. My department chair called us into a meeting a few minutes early, and I did not have time to d...
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