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.
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